My next destination is Manchester United – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Swedish striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has claimed he is set to join Manchester United shortly.
Ibrahimovic published an Instagram post on Thursday where he indicated he will move to Old Trafford. The “branded” Swedish international left Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season and since then he has been linked with Manchester United.
Should the deal be confirmed, the 34-year-old will become United’s latest signing under new manager Jose Mourinho, the pair reuniting after previously working together at Inter Milan.
Ibrahimovic departed PSG following the expiry of his contract at the end of the 2015-16 campaign. He has won Ligue 1 in each of his four seasons in France.
In his Instagram page, Zlatan Ibrahimovic said: ”My next destination is @manchesterunited. #iamcoming.”
Retiring from international football after Sweden’s group-stage exit at Euro 2016, the talented and outspoken centre-forward has enjoyed a glittering career, winning domestic titles at Ajax, Inter, Barcelona and AC Milan.
Although “he is old” in footballing parlance; and past his physical prime, Ibrahimovic has remained a potent force, scoring 38 goals in Ligue 1 last season.
The recruitment of such a high-profile star represents a statement of intent from United in keeping with their decision to hire the combative Mourinho as Louis van Gaal’s successor.
As an observer of United’s positional stance during the twilight weeks of Loius Van Gaal, Ibrahimovic is likely to occupy a central role in United’s frontline with Mourinho presiding; with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in strong support.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrives at Old Trafford as one of the world’s most enigmatic and enthralling footballers and definitely one of the most quotable.
THE ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC BRAND
Find Ibrahimovic’s famous quotes, below:
:: “Zlatan doesn’t do auditions” – the response when Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger offered the then-teenaged Ibrahimovic a trial.
:: “I can’t help but laugh at how perfect I am” – on his own talent.
:: “Swedish style? No. Yugoslavian style? Of course not. It has to be Zlatan-style” – More of the same.
:: “What Carew does with a football, I can do with an orange” – in response to Norway striker John Carew’s suggestions that Ibrahimovic’s flicks and tricks were “pointless”.
:: “First I went left; he did too. Then I went right and he did too. Then I went left again and he went to buy a hot dog” – on how he twisted Liverpool defender Stephane Henchoz inside-out.
:: “When you buy me, you are buying a Ferrari. If you drive a Ferrari you put premium petrol in the tank, you hit the motorway and you step on the gas. Guardiola filled up with diesel and took a spin in the countryside. He should have bought a Fiat” – on his sole season at Barcelona where he endured a tense relationship with then coach Pep Guardiola.
:: “We’re looking for an apartment. If we don’t find anything, then I’ll probably just buy the hotel” – at his unveiling as a PSG player.
:: “It’s true I don’t know much about the players here, but they definitely know who I am” – on his move to Ligue 1 in 2012.
:: “We were looking through his playlist in the dressing room – there was lots of Justin Bieber, Jonas Brothers and Selena Gomez. It is nice to know that even David Beckham doesn’t have good taste in everything” – on his former PSG team-mate’s music choices.
:: “Only God knows who will go through” – interviewer replies ‘It’s hard to ask him’ – “You’re talking to him” – that Ibrahimovic ego again in the lead-up to the 2014 World Cup play-offs.
:: “A World Cup without me is nothing to watch, so it is not worth waiting for the World Cup” – Following Sweden’s defeat by Portugal in the play-offs.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is Joining Manchester United . . .
Up Man U!