ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC has indicated a willingness to join Manchester United at the end of this season, but only if Louis van Gaal leaves the club this summer.
The Swedish superstar is out of contract at Paris St Germain at the end of this season, and is considering all of his options, with serious interest from clubs in the Premier League and Chinese Super League.
Ibrahimovic confirmed at a press conference in March there has been interest in him from English clubs, but he also admitted he has reservations about joining United with the Dutchman in charge.
In his 2011 autobiography, ‘I am Zlatan’, the forward alluded to the strained relationship between the pair when he played under Ronald Koeman at Ajax and van Gaal was at the club as technical director.
Ibrahimovic, however, is understood to be interested in a move to Old Trafford, believing it is a club at which he can still perform at a high level for another two years.
United would certainly appear to be the perfect stage for the mercurial Ibrahimovic to showcase his skills to English fans on a regular basis but the Old Trafford giants will face stiff competition for his signature – even if Van Gaal does exit.
Sky Sport sources report there is already an offer on the table from an unnamed Chinese Super League club, worth £56m to Ibrahimovic over two seasons.
Chinese clubs have demonstrated their immense spending power in recent months, and due to the fact they will not have to pay a transfer fee to sign Ibrahimovic, one club has been able to offer a contract that would pay him £28m per season.
West Ham have also been linked with a move for him as they prepare to move to the Olympic Stadium for next season but they would not be able compete with the financial terms on offer from Premier League rivals United, let alone China.
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