Manchester United may face a fight to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the club following an admission from Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, which is reported by Napoli Today.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been an instant hit in the Premier League with Manchester United, scoring 15 goals in 24 appearances for the Red Devils and helping Jose Mourinho’s side fight for a return to Champions League football.
Given the performances of the veteran Swedish striker, Manchester United are keen for Ibrahimovic to extend his stay at Old Trafford for another year but may find it difficult to secure that deal, with Serie A outfit Napoli eyeing a move.
Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola recently hinted that a move to Naples could take place and Napoli are dreaming of a swoop, their president revealed.
“My dream signing? I always try to go forward with what I have. One that I would like, though, is that giant who is at Manchester United now. I had him as a dinner guest in Los Angeles and he’s incredibly nice, even though he always seems angry.”
“You know the one I’m talking about, right?”
This follows comments from Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola, who said last month:
“All I can say is at Ciro Ferrara’s farewell game at the San Paolo, Zlatan called me and told me: ‘Mino, I want to end my career in Naples’. That’s because the mentality of the Neapolitans is the one closest to his, and if [Serie A] remained as it was back then, he might have done just that.”
It’s difficult to envisage Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaving Manchester United after just a year but the veteran striker aspires to be the best and may not take it kindly if the Red Devils secure a move for long-term target Antoine Griezmann this summer.
If Griezmann does arrive, Ibrahimovic would be fighting the Frenchman and starlet Marcus Rashford for regular opportunities up-front and a move to Napoli, where he would be the main man in attack, may appeal.
Napoli are also enjoying an impressive project at the moment, which sees the Naples side boast the likes of Marek Hamsik, Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens. If Ibrahimovic were to arrive, they would have a real chance of securing Serie A success.