Manchester United’s star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic might have to leave Old Trafford, as the player took his sweet time since spring, and still hasn’t come to a decision regarding a contract extension, reports the Sun.
Joining alongside Jose Mourinho at Manchester United last season, the 35-year-old had signed a 1-year contract with the club, which has to be extended before it expires for Zlatan to continue serving at Old Trafford.
Despite falling to a “career-ending” cruciate injury in the second half of the season, the Swede has been recovering faster than expected, taking many by surprise. According to reports, he has told several friends that he might even be back to full fitness by the November of this year.
Talking about the striker’s prospects, his infamous agent Mino Raiola said: “There’s a possibility that he stays — but also that he does not. We have talked, he has a lot of offers and ideas that we have to evaluate.”
With the player almost playing a talismanic role in United’s attacking front, he was among the few constants in a shambolic attacking performance throughout the season. United were often found wanting up front after the injury ruled him out of the season.
Jose Mourinho seems to have identified the striker role as an area for key reinforcement, and has been looking at several prospective players. The strongest contenders right now are Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, who has been a sensational goal scoring machine this season, and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku.
Romelu Lukaku is a strong combination of strength and finishing, a reminiscence of one Didier Drogba at Chelsea. With interest of most Premier League giants running high for the player, Romelu Lukaku seems an unlikely possibility, but United do not want to miss the chance.
Zlatan had recently accompanied his team to his home country of Sweden, where Manchester United won the Europa League against Ajax.
If Zlatan were to be axed, we may only imagine where he would be playing his next game for, after having played for clubs like Ajax, Barcelona, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.
Written by Srivats Venkateswaran
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