Roy Keane is a fan of Ibra
Roy Keane is a fan of Ibra

Roy Keane thinks it would be a great signing for Manchester united if they could bring in Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer, but also insists the Swedish striker will never be as good looking as him.

United legend Keane believed Ibrahimovic is “one you want in the trenches” and also admitted the enigmatic Swede would become a major threat to the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 chances.

Paris Saint-Germain’s highly rated striker Ibrahimovic, has long been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford particularly if Jose Mourinho is appointed as the next manager because the pair has always been very close.

However, recently PSG’s former sporting director Ariedo Braida claimed Ibrahimovic would be open to a sensational return to AC Milan. If this latest revelation is to be believed then it would certainly be a huge blow for Premier League giants as United, Arsenal and Chelsea all are in the run to sign him.

And now TV pundit Keane claims Ibrahimovic would be a great coup for the Premier League, although he laughed about the Swedish star being a poster boy.

When questioned if Ibrahimovic was similar to himself, Keane joked: “I’d like to think I’m better looking than him!

“He looks a good character. You’d be happy to play with. He’s a big player for Sweden, we’ll have to keep an eye on him.

“As a player? Really, really good. Seen him recently live, I’ve done a few Champions League games, lot of speculation he might be going to England.

“Talented boy. Looks a bit of a character. Sweden are a very good qualifying team and tournament team.”

When pressed over Ibrahimovic’s qualities as a player, Keane made it clear he actually likes him as a character.

Keane went on saying: “He looks a bit of a boy. Do you know what that means in Cork? I will try to explain it to you later. You’ll have to Google it. Bit of a boy, one you want to be in the trenches with.

“Do you understand that? Yeah, I’d like to be in the trenches alonside him. Scores goals as well. Big lad, big ­character. Again, he’s not shy. Pretty confident. One to watch from our point of view.”

The Swedish goalmachine revealed last month that ‘big things will happen’ when his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires at the end of the season and also made it clear he is ‘in shape’ for the Premier League challenge.

There have been lot of reports which suggested that 34-year-old Ibrahimovic has already agreed to sign for the new Miami Major League Soccer franchise owned by Beckham which will launch in 2018, but is now desperately looking for a club next season before he makes his move to Stateside.

United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has also a keen eye for a commercial opportunity and, despite Ibrahimovic’s ageing  years, he is still one of the most marketable names in world football alongside Messi-Ronaldo.

Securing the service of Ibrahimovic on a free transfer and giving him a one-year deal, even on wages above £200,000 a week, would be regarded as making commercial as well as footballing sense.




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