While Zlatan Ibrahimovic was considered a man ageing and unfit for the Premier League with his arrival in Manchester in the summer, The Big Swede obviously had other plans as he has gone on to become the league’s highest goal scorer across all competitions, a contender for the golden boot race among young lethal forwards and has kept United almost single handedly in the race for a top 4 finish at the end of the season.
With 28 goals and 8 assists so far this term, Mourinho and the club both know finding a replacement for their hitman will be a task almost impossible to achieve.
As per reports from the Daily Mirror, with the player’s contract running out this summer, the club is eager to get his signature to extend his stay and are willing to dig deep into their pockets to offer a mammoth sum of money to further convince the player.
A mind blowing £20 million is the assumed annual fee Ibrahimovic is rumoured to get to stay in England and reject offers coming in from USA and China thick and fast.
Manchester United are currently in 6th position in the league with a crucial tie coming up against Chelsea on Sunday, the other players in the team will have to deliver up to Zlatan’s standards to ensure European football for next season, which is further incentive for the Big Swede to stay.
Image rights and assorted bonuses will add a total of £8 million to his annual earnings as the club promises the player to match and exceed all financial offerings from other clubs to keep his services at Old Trafford for another year at least.
The Swede is now 35 years old and carrying the responsibility of an entire team on his shoulders might be a tiring task while not being so young and it is upto the rest of the squad to put their inputs and provide heavily to take the team in a further direction and do so in good speed.