Zlatan Ibrahimovic has agreed to join Manchester United on a free transfer this summer following his departure from Paris Saint Germain, according to a report from Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
Ibrahimovic will likely link up with former coach Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, coming in as a player on a short-term contract.
However, the report also claims that he is being lined up to become Mourinho’s assistant manager later down the line at Old Trafford.
The 34-year-old has confirmed he will be leaving Paris after four years in the French capital and there have been frequent reports of which club the Swedish superstar could end up at.
United have been heavily linked in recent weeks after the former Barcelona attacker confirmed his interest in moving to the Premier League and with reports circulating around Louis van Gaal’s imminent departure, a move to United looks even more likely.
De Telegraaf have connections with Zlatan's agent Mino Raiola, who is Dutch. He could be the source of this information.
— Elko Born (@Elko_B) May 23, 2016
Zlatan was targeted by a range of Chinese Super League clubs with big money offers, however the Swede is reported to have turned down the chance to make as much as €50m by moving to Asia. It is understood his initial deal at Old Trafford will be in a playing role, but will come with a view of taking up an assistant role as he nears retirement.
Mourinho and Ibrahimovic are known to share a good relationship stemming from their time together at Serie A giants Inter Milan before Ibrahimovic moved to Barcelona in 2009.
The news will come as a blow to current assistant manager Ryan Giggs, who has been assistant manager under both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, even taking the role as interim manager in the dying embers of the 2013/14 season following Moyes’ sacking.
— Jamie Spencer (@jamiespencer155) May 23, 2016
Ibrahimovic played his last game for Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday in the French cup final victory, netting two goals in the 4-2 win over Marseille.
The Sweden international revealed he is more than happy with his form this season, netting 50 goals in all competitions, whilst paying tribute to his teammates during his time in the French capital.
“I’m very happy. It was my last game with this fantastic team, a great group,” the 34-year-old told reporters after the game.
“It was a great adventure for me, especially when we know how things were when I arrived and how they are today. So for that, mission accomplished.
“I have not learned to speak French, but I have won. I came, I saw, I conquered.”