Our landlord confiscated some crudely drawn plans from a set of Manchester United fans for a statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Transfer Tavern the other day, which really does sum up the impact the big Swede has had in a relatively short period of time at Old Trafford.
Few players are good enough and have enough of a personality to truly dominate the landscape at the Theatre of Dreams, but ‘Ibra’ has done so so far, winning over the doubters upon his free transfer to Manchester from Paris Saint-Germain with the sport of goalscoring record he’s displayed through his career – 26 in 38 games.
It’s not just the quantity, though, it the quality and importance of his efforts that have stunned, with the 35-year-old’s most recent goal winning the club the EFL Cup Final – only their second piece of silverware since Sir Alex Ferguson’s 2013 exit and the maiden major trophy of the Jose Mourinho era.
Alas, Ibrahimovic may not be around too much longer. The Ageing Scandinavian only penned a one-year deal last summer, and although there’s already speculation he could add another 12 months to that stint, reports from Italy have suggested that Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune are willing to offer him… well… a fortune to see out his career in the Far East – which surely must be tempting!
And the serial title-winner may not be the only notable man heading out of the Man United exit door in a few months’ time, with these TWO stars potentially heading away…
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