Zlatan Ibrahimovic was heavily speculated to move to Old Trafford.
The coach, the player and his reps and even both clubs kept mum on the whole deal. The media were right as he eventually joined Man United for free from PSG.
They signed the 35-year old for a year with the option of an extra year. However with the injury to the Swede, United are looking elsewhere. Sky Sports reports that the club would not offer him an extension as they focus resources on getting a top replacement.
Already the club has submitted a bid for Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid. With the Premier League set to publish the list of released players on Friday, the former Barcelona and AC Milan star’s name would likely be on it.
Ibrahimovic would have loved to remain for at least another year, get back from injury and finish the year on a high. Surgeons are impressed with the pace of his recovery after his successful surgery in May but United are already looking ahead.
Zlatan takes a reported £19 million home per year so the club would be freeing itself of further financial implication. The star scored 28 goals in all competitions but the injury was just ill-timed. The club probably feels after the injury, he would take him to recover and heal while taking home a huge pay package.
Mourinho is reworking the team to get an elite crop of players that can mount a serious challenge for titles. The Portuguese manager who is a heavy spender would likely spend as much as £75 million to land Morata as fewer world class options exit.