Zlatan has been in fine form since joining Manchester United, and has already bagged 26 goals and 6 assists for the Red Devils in all competitions so far this season. Due to his terrific goalscoring display, United boss Jose Mourinho desperately wants to keep the 35-year-old at the club, but Ibrahimovic will reportedly be needing some convincing to do so.
The star striker’s current contract expires at the end of this season, but his deal does consist of an additional 1-year extension clause which can be triggered by the man himself. However, this extension would also need the Old Trafford hierarchy to increase his current £300,000-a-week wages, which will result in Zlatan becoming the highest paid player in Manchester United history.
Moreover, the Special One will have to make his main man believe that United will not just compete for the league title next season, but could very well go on to win it, so as to convince him to prolong his stay in Manchester.
To add to Mourinho’s woes, Ibrahimovic has recently been subjected to a mega offer from the United States, which will make him the highest paid player in the history of MLS.
However, a source close to Ibrahimovic’s camp has revealed that Manchester United still have the upperhand in this saga, due to the former Swedish captain’s preference to win titles over earning money.
The source was quoted as saying (via Mirror): “Zlatan plays football to win. Money has been an important factor in his career, but it is secondary compared to winning.
“He will want to win the Premier League because he has won titles in every country he has played in since leaving Sweden. That might be in United’s favour, because he will not want to leave England without being a champion. But at the same time they will have to convince him that next season will be United’s year in the Premier League.”