Manchester United want to re-sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic; Will the deal happen?
Struggling Premier League giants Manchester United have reportedly made contact with veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic over a stunning return to the club if reports in England are to be believed.
The 38-year-old left Old Trafford in 2018 to sign for Major League Soccer giants, LA Galaxy in the United States. It is being strongly reported that the two-time English champions are considering a move that will see him move back to the Theater of Dreams.
Manchester United have been in a dismal run of form since the start of the season. Just when it looked like their season could be up for a revival after avoiding defeats in four consecutive games, they lost 1-0 away at Bournemouth. Though they have recovered a bit in recent weeks, they do not look like serious title contenders.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate for reinforcements up front following the summer sale of Romelu Lukaku and having loaned out Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan. The Red Devils could not find replacements for either of the players in the summer and that has haunted them badly.
Neither Marcus Rashford nor Anthony Martial have been able to impress on a weekly basis, though the former has really found his form in recent weeks. For a team of Manchester United's stature, a lack of fire-power up front is not ideal by any means.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic could well be a short-term but effective solution to the team's goal-scoring woes. All his life, the Swedish superstar has been a lethal goal-scorer and even at the age of 38, he still looks to have plenty of football left in him.
The veteran forward bagged 31 goals and provided eight assists in 31 games for LA Galaxy in all competitions. Zlatan's overall goal-scoring record for the MLS giants is terrific as well, with 53 goals and 15 assists in 58 games.
Prior to his LA Galaxy move, he did have a decent time at Manchester United. He had 29 goals and 10 assists in 53 games in the Premier League, which is an excellent record for a striker in his mid-thirties.
The former Ajax, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan ace will now become a free agent in January. He could still prove out to be a great deal of addition to the Manchester United squad.
It is not easy to get the right players in January with clubs not open to sell their prized assets. Manchester United would, therefore, make an intelligent move if they sign Ibrahimovic as a short-term alternative, while looking for a long-term solution for the future, whom they can sign next summer.
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