Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has hinted that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be offered a contract once he recovers from his long-term knee injury. The former Sweden international bagged 28 goals across all competitions for United as they secured a Europa League and EFL Cup double last season.
Despite this, he was not offered a contract extension beyond the summer after he sustained a serious knee damage in the Europa League quarter-final tie against Anderlecht which has ruled him out until the end of November at least.
United have since recruited Romelu Lukaku from Everton in a £75m deal to take up Ibrahimovic’s No.9 shirt, but Mourinho has not closed on the opportunity of re-signing Ibrahimovic, once he is back up to full fitness.
“Maybe he’ll stay with us. He’s not got a contract, but he’s still close to Manchester, and the fact we are involved in the Super Cup now is also his merit,” he told reporters h/t The Independent.
Ibrahimovic has been using United’s training facilities in order to speed up his rehabilitation process, and the club are likely to have the first option of offering him a contract ahead of European rivals AC Milan, who have spent £160m on 10 players this summer.
Manchester United are still on the search for a new wideman this summer with Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale being the latest to be linked with a potential club-record move to Old Trafford.