Zlatan Ibrahimovic has already identified the club he wants to play for next season, with Diario Gol suggesting he could make a surprise move to Real Madrid.
Manchester United have released the 35-year-old, who scored 28 goals in all competitions last term, because he is expected to miss much of the first half of next season as he continues to recover from a double knee ligament injury.
However, it’s not the former Sweden international’s spell on the sidelines that are causing Real to think twice.
The striker is famed for his big personality, and in a dressing room that already contains the egos of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Sergio Ramos, Zinedine Zidane will be reluctant to bring in a character who could upset that delicate balance.
If Madrid were to lose Ronaldo, then they could do a lot worse than to bring in Ibra, even if he is a former Barcelona player.
Yet, Madrid usually have one eye on Europe’s next big thing – hence their ongoing pursuit of Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe – so it would certainly mark a departure from their usual transfer policy.