Ibrahimovic Set For Manchester United Return
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho admits that the club are in talks with Zlatan Ibrahimovic over a new deal at the club.
Ibrahimovic is a free agent after his contract at Old Trafford expired at the end of June. He was offered a new deal by United at the beginning of the year but he dragged his heels over putting pen to paper. That offer was withdrawn after Ibrahimovic suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in the Europa League clash with Anderlecht at Old Trafford in April.
Mourinho was asked about Ibrahimovic at a press conference ahead of the Red Devils’ Premier League opener against West Ham United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
“You know he’s injured, he needs time to recover, he’s not ready to play,” said Mourinho. “It’s not something urgent, that we are desperate to have it done or not done, I just think that he was very clear by showing what he did last year was not enough for him.
“He thinks he can do more and wants more at the highest level, so we’re having conversations and we’re discussing the possibility of him to stay with us for the second part of the season.”
United face competition for Ibrahimovic from AC Milan. Reports earlier this week claimed he has been offered a fixed salary of €1million for the period from January to June along with a further €1million for every appearance he makes for the Serie A side.
Ibrahimovic’s lay-off is expected to be for eight or nine months. Despite reports that he is making a quicker-than-expected recovery he isn’t expected to return to action until January 2018.
The 35-year-old scored 28 goals in 46 appearances for United last season. That included 17 goals in 28 Premier League games at an average of one for every 143 minutes.