Zlatan Ibrahimovic: My next destination is Manchester United
Manchester United appear on the verge of making two new signings as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan edge closer to moves to Old Trafford.
Despite the FA Cup winners not officially announcing either deal, new manager Jose Mourinho looks like landing two of his main targets after Ibrahimovic announced on Instagram that he is set to join United.
An agreement for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mkhitaryan is yet to be formally announced but United’s official online shop was carrying images of their new blue away kit - available to order with the Armenia international’s name printed on the back.
The page was soon removed and an error messaged replaced it, although its initial presence would suggest the Red Devils have finally thrashed out a deal to sign the highly-rated 27-year-old.
Ibrahimovic, 34, is a free agent after leaving Paris St Germain at the end of last season and has also recently retired from international football with Sweden.
The forward is set to be reunited with Mourinho after the pair worked together during a successful spell at Inter Milan and, following weeks of speculation, he announced his intention to sign for United with a post on Instagram.
“Time to let the world know. My next destination is @manchesterunited,” he wrote.
It is understood no deal has yet been signed, and the player is still to undergo a medical, but his decision to go public suggests he is confident it will go through.
Given his age, Ibrahimovic is expected to pen a short-term deal at United, with both he and Mkhitaryan now potentially joining Eric Bailly in moving to the 20-time league champions this summer.
Ibrahimovic scored 38 goals last season as PSG won Ligue 1 - his fourth successive French league success. In all he has won 11 titles in four countries, with two others taken off him when Juventus were stripped of the 2005 and 2006 Serie A crowns.
One of his four remaining Italian titles came under new United boss Mourinho at Inter in 2009. The pair will now be together again after Mourinho, who is set to be formally unveiled next week, was appointed as Louis van Gaal’s successor at United in May.
Ibrahimovic also scored 62 goals in 116 appearances for Sweden before retiring from international football following their elimination from Euro 2016 last week. It was suggested he could continue to play in the Olympics later this summer but he declined that opportunity, clearing the way for him to join United.
Ibrahimovic’s seemingly imminent arrival in English football has already had tongues wagging, with Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard looking forward to seeing what he has to offer.
“The Premier League will once again welcome another world-class star,” the 2015 Premier League Player of the Year said during his press conference with Belgium at Euro 2016.
“We can’t wait for the Premier League to start up again.
“It’ll be tricky to win the title this season with all the opposition there is and that’s what makes the competition even greater.”
Ivory Coast defender Bailly, 22, moved from Villarreal for £30million earlier in the month, with Mourinho started to assemble a squad he hopes can take United back to the top of the Premier League.