Manchester United are set to announce their first deal of the summer with the club in advanced talks with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s representatives over a move to the Premier League. Jose Mourinho has made the striker his top priority since taking over the reins at Old Trafford with the signing set to take place before the start of the European Championship finals beginning in France on 10 June.
According to Sky Sports, United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is in talks with the Sweden international’s representatives and are close to finalising a one-year deal. It is expected that the deal will be announced ahead of the Scandinavian side’s first game against Ireland on 13 June.
Ibrahimovic had a record-breaking season with Paris Saint-Germain — 51 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions — whom he lead to the league and cup double but is now a free agent following the expiry of his contract with the Parc des Princes outfit. The striker has admitted to receiving multiple offers but indicated that he had made his decision during a press conference, during which he also praised Mourinho, with whom he shares a close bond following their time together at Inter Milan.
The 34-year-old striker’s agent Mino Raiola, however, contradicted the striker’s comments by suggesting that no decision has been made with regards to his future while indicating that United may not be his next destination. The former Barcelona, AC Milan and Ajax forward has also received lucrative offers from Chinese Super League clubs but is set to snub interest in favour of a move to the Premier League.
Sky Sports report, meanwhile, suggests that Ibrahimovic is the only striker Mourinho is planning to sign this summer, as he believes Marcus Rashford can continue his form from the recently concluded season into the next. The Portuguese boss is keen to give him as many opportunities possible to establish himself as a United first-team regular.