Oddly enough, in some roundabout way, Manchester City could have done arch rivals Manchester United an earth shattering favour without realising it.
It has not gone down well with the City lot in the Transfer Tavern, though the Red Devils are all but dancing on the pool tables.
That’s because French outlet Le Parisian claim that superstar Swede forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic decided to leave Paris Saint-Germain following their Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Manuel Pellegrini’s Etihad outfit.
While the 34-year old has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for some time now, it is claimed within the report that a large part of his decision stems from that game, in which he missed a penalty against Joe Hart.
Having never won the Champions League, his decision to leave off the back of that could dispel suggestions he could be on the way to the Chinese Super League.
Despite his ageing years, the former Barcelona star remains one of the most potent marksmen on the continent and has been in stunning form in the French capital this term.
Invariably, a striker of his stature is understood to be of huge interest to the Red Devils as he enters the closing weeks of his contract at the Parc de Princes.
Just how big a signing would Ibrahimovic be, even at 34?