Manchester United seem to be a shadow of their former selves. Struggling to win home games, struggling through Europe and failing to delight the Old Trafford faithful as they used to week in, week out.
With the Premier League growing ever more competitive, there is a real need to keep up in terms of transfer expenditure and attracting big names. Rivals Manchester City got the ball rolling with the scheduled appointment of Pep Guardiola at the end of the season, and it seems that Man United need a big name to get their summer moving.
And where better to look than Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who seems to be dropping hint after hint that he wants to make the move to the Premier League at the end of the season.
The Sweden international’s deal runs with Paris Saint-Germain expires in in a few months’ time and a flurry of clubs are reportedly interested in his signature, including a handful from the Premier League. The emerging Chinese Super League has also been touted as a possible destination for the former Inter Milan striker, but nothing is concrete yet.
Manchester United could really do with a signing like ‘Ibra’ this summer.
It seems for the past couple of years the Old Trafford faithful have been let down in the transfer window as Louis van Gaal tries to bring in young starlets who just don’t seem to live up to the hype. Take Dutch winger Memphis Depay for example. The former Eredivise man had an incredible reputation prior to his move to England, yet just hasn’t lived up to what was expected. His form has been erratic and he has underwhelmed many football fans across the world.
That is why Ibrahimovic is such a safe bet – if he signs for you and is happy, he will score you goals and help you win games. Yes there is an extraordinary ego to deal with, but what a role model for Man United’s young squad he could be.
At 34, he shows no sign of slowing down, which is pretty incredible for a footballer in the modern game. He’s not the player he was 10 years ago, but to be able to play Champions League football now to the level he’s showing is some feat. He would be a massive coup for United.
Yet this could be the part of the deal that lets the Red Devils down – their potential inability to qualify for Europe. It’s a massive factor that could decide the deal. After all, ‘King Zlatan’ doesn’t want to have just the Capital One Cup to look forward to, does he?
West Ham, Chelsea and Arsenal are also reported to be interesting in signing the veteran striker, but with Major League Soccer also a possible destination, it looks like it could be a race for his signature.
He would bring so much to the Premier League, and it is very possible that a year with Zlatan could turn Manchester United’s fortunes around.