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Manchester United could offer Zlatan Ibrahimovic a new contract in January, if needed

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s time at Manchester United may not yet be over, according to reports by The Mirror. United might be well on their way to the £75 million signing of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, who will be tasked with filling in the void left by the Swedish forward this coming season. Ibrahimovic could well be a New Year addition for United should he recover from his knee injury which was sustained in the UEFA Europa League at Old Trafford against Anderlecht back in April. Some supporters on social media are suggesting that United need two strikers; one to replace the Swede and another to replace Everton bound Wayne Rooney, which could be the right thing for Jose Mourinho to do in January, should the player want to sign for the club again.

The 35-year-old is currently back at the AON Training Complex in Carrington recuperating from his knee injury which was made available by the club so the player has access to all the facilities needed to get back to his best, which last season was much better than Rooney who was five years Ibrahimovic’s junior, which says a lot at the end of the day. United will give the Swede, who was part of the mentality change last season with Mourinho turning a team full of abject failure into trophy winners also boosting the dressing room as well as the stadium with the winning mentality the club missed since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Mirror have suggested that senior United sources have not played down the fact that Mourinho could sign Ibrahimovic for a second time if he is short of firepower by the time the winter transfer window opens, a period where United seldom do business, for incoming players anyway. United did want to keep the Swede for another season before his knee injury prevented that from happening, which was unfortunate, but United may not have been forced to swoop for Lukaku if the big Swede was still an option at the club, so despite it being unfortunate, it did work out well for Manchester United in the end. Clubs from the MLS and China would be interested in Ibrahimovic but suggestions from his camp is that he would prefer to remain in Europe.

Ibrahimovic has been impressed bu the ‘lavish care’ he has received by the Old Trafford club post-injury, which could be a good sign that he would want to play for the club again, end a season which could see the club win more trophies, something the player would want to do ending his career still at the top. United will be expected to challenge for the Premier League title this season too and Ibrahimovic on the bench could help fire that into reality. It would mean that Lukaku and even Marcus Rashford would not be relied upon so often, keeping them fresh and United firing on all cylinders. The report also suggests that United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward started negotiating with Everton for Lukaku shortly after Ibrahimovic’s injury.

At that time, it was suggested that the player would head back to the Premier League champions, calling Stamford Bridge his home once again. It is also said that Woodward persisted in Lukaku so much, which impressed the player and started to change his mind over a return to Stamford Bridge, instead opting to join his friend, Paul Pogba at United. Lukaku is said to be undergoing a medical in Los Angeles at some point on Saturday, them being eight hours behind the United Kingdom, which means things could develop through the night. United did make an announcement on Saturday morning stating that a deal was agreed with Everton and that the completion of a medical and agreement of personal terms needed to be sorted out, effectively leaving this deal with little to be done before confirmation.

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