Mino Raiola discusses Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola has confirmed that a variety of clubs from both the MLS and Europe have expressed an interest in his client this summer.

The Swede was officially released by Manchester United earlier this month following a knee ligament injury that will keep him out of action until the new year.

Zlatan has, however, vowed to return by November – just seven months after his operation – and could be offered a short term contract if he makes a good recovery by January and Mourinho feels like he could use him.

And Raiola has confirmed that, while Napoli would not be his next club, numerous sides from both Italy the United States are interested in the 35-year-old.

“Many clubs are interested in Ibrahimovic; from MLS in the USA, but also in Italy would be possible,” Raiola said.

“Napoli? Everything is possible, but I think Napoli will not be his next club.”

Man United would have released Zlatan solely for the reason that paying his astronomical wages over the next five or six months as he remains unable to help the side would be counter-productive. You imagine Ed Woodward will need all the funds he can get as the likes of Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur look to extract as much as possible in return for Mourinho’s stated transfer targets.

But the Swede is being kept under the club’s close supervision for a reason. There is a chance that, by December, Mourinho may need something different up front and turn to a recently restored Ibrahimovic for an injection of some firepower, rendering any move this summer unlikely.

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