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Jose Mourinho has been officially declared and signed as Manchester United’s next coach as from next season, and many are already tipping the Red Devils for immediate glory as soon as the Portuguese steps on the touchline. The summer transfer market promises to be busy for the club, with reports claiming that a £200million transfer fees will be handed to the 56-year-old. After a dismal result in the league that saw them end in 5th position, major squad changes are needed, and exactly that will be done by Jose. His own crop of preferred players will be landed in summer, and if there is a player that was consistently linked with a move to the Theater of Dreams as the Mourinho link grew further, it is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The 34-year-old is bound to leave PSG with his contract having expired, and the EPL has been touted as his next destination.

The Sweden international has already conquered Sweden, Italy, Spain and France in his illustrious career, and as he closes on his playing time with the curtain soon to be drawn on it, England seems the next place to be, ideally. The player himself has neither refuted nor confirmed the claims that a reunion with Mourinho is in the offing, and with mouth-water offers coming from China and the MLS, nobody knows where he would end up next. Not even the player’s agent, Mino Raiola can ascertain exactly where the Sweden’s skipper would be. However, the super agent and representative believes the United move might not necessarily and eventually come to fruition.

As revealed by Goal, Raiola says,

We have yet to decide, it’ll be a surprise in the end. Everyone talks about United, which is why I don’t talk to journalists a lot. There are clubs in England and Europe, some outside of Europe, but everyone thinks he must go to Manchester United. It’s not true.

The Champions League remains the only club trophy that has eluded the goal-machine of a striker, and at 34, he might not be able to offer more than 2 seasons of top quality football. United won’t be going to the Champions League next season, but they have Mourinho, and that could still lure Zlatan. United need a top 9 with such quality, and it is believed he tops the transfer wish list of the erstwhile Chelsea coach. But the future isn’t just clear yet. Manchester United? MLS? China? Or Italy? Where will the football god end up at?

Ibrahimovic ended the season with 36 league goals, just 13 shy of the whole Manchester United’s 49. The lethal forward will be good for both the Red Devils squad and England as a whole. He is that attractive, and a move should be secured at all cost. Shirt sales will definitely hit astronomical heights, and his unveiling should record the highest attendance ever in the Old Trafford. In front of goal, he would surely deliver the goods, and he could help guide United to a league title and an eventual return to the heights of European football the following season. Manchester United have gotten it right with landing Mourinho, getting Zlatan could just complete the jigsaw.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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