Manchester United have been able to fend off competition from AC Milan after reports claim Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to the Old Trafford outfits in the next 24 hours.
The Swedish striker joined Man United on a free transfer from French giants PSG and proved his doubters wrong with 28 goals in his first season in England, helping United to Community Shield and EFL wins as well as playing a huge in role in their Europa League title challenge.
A knee ligament injury in April against Anderlecht which ended his season made United not to extend his contract at the end of last season but according to the Sun the former Inter Milan and Barcelona forward is set to return to the club’s Carrington training complex within the next 24 hours as he has stepped up his rehabilitation to be fit by the start of the second half of the season.
AC Milan are also interested in bringing him back to the club after they failed in their bid to sign Chelsea outcast Diego Costa on loan. But the reports claim the 35-year-old will put pen to paper on a new deal with United in December and would have turned 36 by then.
A source close to the club said: “Zlatan will be coming back to resume his rehab from his knee operation very shortly.
“He’s been told to calm it down a bit, but that’s just not what he’s like, he’s so determined.
“Everyone is delighted with his progress, but wants him to strike the right balance between rehab and recovery.
“He’s sure to come back to the club on a contract, and they want him fit and raring to go.”
Mourinho have already signed Romelu Lukaku- who scored a brace in his Man United’s Premier League debut- but the United boss, aware of Ibrahimovic’s quality, is keen on bringing him back to Old Trafford.