Man United have wrapped up the signing of Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer, after his contract with French champions PSG expired.
The 34-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the option of a further 12 months as Man United fans will hope he can reproduce his form from PSG, where he bagged 50 goals in all competitions for the Ligue 1 side last season.
In a statement on the club’s website, Ibrahimovic said he can’t wait to play in the Premier League and looks forward to linking up with manager Jose Mourinho once again.
“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United,” said the former PSG striker.
“I am looking forward to playing in the Premier League. It goes without saying that I cannot wait to work with Jose Mourinho once again. He is a fantastic manager.
“I am ready for this new and exciting challenge. I have thoroughly enjoyed my career so far and have some great memories. I am now ready to create more special memories in England.”
The Bosnian-born striker began his career at Malmo in 1999 and has 392 goals in 677 games throughout his career, including 156 goals in four seasons at PSG, where he won the Ligue 1 title every season.
He has won a trophy every season of his career since 2001, including four Serie A medals during spells with both Inter and AC Milan, two Eredivise titles at Ajax and also won the La Liga title at Barcelona.
New Man Utnited manager Jose Mourinho is confident that Ibrahimovic can continue his incredible goalscoring form at Man United and thinks the squad’s younger players can learn a lot from the Swede.
“Zlatan needs no introduction. The statistics speak for themselves,” said the former Chelsea boss.
“Ibra is one of the best strikers in the world and a player who always gives 100 per cent. He has won the most important league championships in the world of football, now he has the opportunity to play in the best league in the world.
“I know he will grasp this opportunity and will work hard to help the team win titles. I am certain that his talent will delight fans at Old Trafford next season and that his experience will be invaluable in helping to develop the younger players in the squad.”
Despite his woes at Euro 2016, he scored 62 goals in 116 appearances for his country before deciding to hang up his boots on his international career last month.
He becomes Man United’s second summer signing after Villarreal defender Eric Bailly completed a £30m move to Old Trafford last month, while Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan is expected to complete his move in the next few days.
Man United have finally got their man but even though he is 34-years-old, I hope Ibrahimovic can prove that he is not past his best and rack up the goals for the Red Devils this season.
I am not jumping through hoops like other Man United fans are because I am a little apprehensive that while he enjoyed a great goalscoring spree in an easy league last season, he will find the Premier League much tougher.
I also wasn’t impressed by him during Euro 2016 and he can be too pedestrian at time. When he’s up for it, he can be really good but if he is is not up for the match, it is frustrating to watch.
The big question mark is that can the 34-year-old keep it up or is his best behind him? I am more on the latter side at the moment but when he was available on a free transfer, you just couldn’t say no.