UPDATE: 26/06/2016 16:56 – It is understood that a deal between club and player has been agreed and that all is left is for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to fly into Manchester and discuss his role in the team with Jose Mourinho. Read more here.
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The deal that would see Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic join Manchester United appeared to edge closer today as Sky Sports reported that a one year deal had been agreed subject to a medical taking place after Euro 2016.
It has long been thought that a move to United was all but a done deal and the news that personal terms have finally been agreed will come as a relief to incoming boss Jose Mourinho as he takes the first steps towards rebuilding the squad which finished a lowly fifth last season. Though the medical is scheduled to take place following the culmination of Euro 2016 in France, that is seen to be nothing more than a formality.
It is fair to say that the arrival of the charismatic 34-year-old has divided opinion amongst United supporters but securing the signature of one of the most decorated footballers of recent times can be recognised of something of a coup for Mourinho, especially considering the lack of Champions League football on offer next season.
The Swede, fresh from an underwhelming performance in his national side’s 1-1 draw against the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016, will certainly bolster United’s attacking options with Mourinho believed to have complete faith in the development of Marcus Rashford. Ibrahimovic’s arrival will go a long way in helping Rashford improve his all round game as he lines up against a player that has won a league title at each club he has played for since leaving Malmo in 2001.
Ibrahimovic departs Paris Saint Germain this summer after scoring 156 goals in 180 appearances for the French champions.