By Dave Marshall
Manchester United are closing in on a sensational deal to re-sign Swedish footballing legend, Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is way ahead of his return to competitive football following a knee injury back in April.
Sky Sports reports that United are preparing an offer for the 35-year-old, who is keen to re-sign for the club despite links with former club, AC Milan and MLS outfit, LA Galaxy. The charismatic striker, who signed for United back in 2016 as a free agent stunned English football enthusiasts, who had been critical of his successes in years past, claiming he couldn’t cope with the pace and power of the English league.
However, in typical Zlatan style, he scored 28 goals in all competitions as United won two trophies, plus the Community Shield, in which he announced himself with a towering header against Leicester City. His 1-year contract was not extended after he picked up an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury against Anderlecht in the Europa League quarterfinals, a competition The Red Devils later won.
After recovering faster than expected, Ibrahimovic is expended to re-sign for United as he had maintained contact with manager, Jose Mourinho who is keen to make him perform the role Didier Drogba performed on Diego Costa.
Drogba was signed by Jose to offer advice, dressing room experience and cult figure hero to Costa following his signing in 2014, with the pair performing well as Chelsea won the league convincingly. Mourinho apparently wants the same with Zlatan and Ibrahimovic, as the presence of the Swede will help his younger counterpart, who is expected to fire the 20-time English champions to glory with his goals.
Speaking prior to the European Super Cup match with Real Madrid which United lost 2-1, when asked about Zlatan, Mourinho said, Maybe he’ll stay with us,’ said the United manager. ‘He’s not got a contract but he’s still close to Manchester.’
Zlatan is a technically gifted striker that is known for his finishing, movement, technique and self-confidence attributes. He became the oldest player to register 17 league goals in a single campaign last season, as he netted that number in 28 matches before injury ruled him out in April.