Contrary to previous reports, Jose Mourinho is believed to be looking to release the prolific Swede when his contract expires at the end of June. Zlatan Ibrahimovic finished the season as the top scorer for Manchester United, yet his astronomical wages and long-term injury concerns have raised big question marks over his future at Old Trafford.
Zlatan reportedly wants to stay with the Red Devils, and the club has an option to trigger a 12-month contract extension, but Sky Sports’ sources have revealed that the 35-year-old will have his name on the released players list next month.
By releasing players like Zlatan, United are looking to free some of their ridiculously high wage bill as they begin to recruit new players for next season. Alvaro Morata and Andrea Belotti are some of the high profile names that feature on the wishlist of Jose Mourinho.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered a cruciate ligament injury in the quarter-final of the Europa League, and has been out since. The veteran underwent a successful corrective surgery, yet he is not expected to kick a ball until the beginning of 2018.
During the last season, the striker had a very productive campaign with Manchester United, where he scored 28 goals for the club.
Written by Shorya Panwar
Has 20+ years of experience managing Schalke in Football Manager 2017. Believes wing-backs are the most complete footballers in the modern/evolved football. Writes weird stuff on his personal blog.