Manchester United would be mad not to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the season he’s had.
Not only did the Swede win them the EFL Cup final almost single-handedly, he’s also been instrumental in their push for a top-four spot.
It seems strange now to think that many doubted his ability to continue at the top level when he arrived in the summer.
Indeed, the question has to be asked of whether United would have pursued him at all had he not been available on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.
The 35-year-old’s 25 goals this season have given him incredible bargaining power when it comes to negotiating a new deal.
According to the Mirror, instead of simply putting pen to paper on the one-year extension United are offering, his representatives are asking for a two-year deal.
United chiefs must be baulking at that request, even as the former Barca, Inter, and Ajax man continues to defy his age.
Currently on £300,000 a week, his stay in the north-west was never intended to go as well as it did, though the ever-modest Zlatan will tell you that this is exactly what he predicted.
There are few better strikers in Europe right now, but even Ibra may have to consider whether he wants to go out at the top rather than risk deteriorating over the next two years.