Zlatan Ibrahimovic reportedly wants to become Manchester United’s joint highest earner if he is to stay for another season.
The 35-year-old striker has been a key influential figure at Old Trafford this season, scoring 26 goals and providing nine assists in as many as 41 appearances across all competitions.
However, having only signed a one-year deal with an option for another year on his arrival, it has now become a million dollar question whether or not he stays with Manchester United.
According to The Sun, the giant Swede demands a new £300,000-a-week contract to put him on par with the red Devils’ top earners Wayne Rooney and Paul Pogba, while his current contract pays him £260,000-a-week.
Considering his agent Mino Raiola’s recent activity, it’s no surprise reports have emerged that Ibrahimovic wants the best deal possible irrespective of what may have been agreed previously, although the same report suggests he would prefer to stay at Manchester United and continue to try and win trophies with them.
the Sun have also mentioned a vital point, if Rooney finally decides to leave this summer, then Jose Mourinho will be more than happy to meet Ibrahimovic’s demands as they will be significantly lowering their wage bill.
With the Community Shield and EFL Cup already won this season, Manchester United still chasing major objectives. While a top-four finish in the Premier League is crucial, they could yet find a path back to the Champions League through the Europa League, and so Mourinho will do his best to bring in further silverware between now and May.
Ibrahimovic will be a significant part of that mission and he may well continue his superb form to prove that he should stay at Old Trafford for another year as he still has plenty to offer.