EPL: Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he's 'in shape', linked to Man United
Swedish star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is ready for a move to the Premier League - and could link up with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is ready for a move to the Premier League - and could link up with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Pic/AFP
The Swedish superstar has revealed that 'big things will happen' when his Paris Saint-Germain contract expires at the end of the season and says he is 'in shape' for the challenge of the Premier League.
It is believed that Ibrahimovic, 34, has agreed to join the new Miami Major League Soccer franchise fronted by David Beckham which launches in 2018 - but is looking for a club next season before he moves Stateside.
Asked by Mirror Sport whether he might head to England, the charismatic striker said: "I have another three months here and then what will happen? Big things will happen. Let's see what happens."
Then asked whether he fancied the Premier League, Ibrahimovic responded: "Let's just say I am in shape for it."
Former Chelsea boss Mourinho , who believes he is nailed on to succeed Louis Van Gaal at Old Trafford next season, managed the gifted 6'5 foot striker at Inter Milan and the two men remain close, regularly exchanging text messages.
Mourinho was believed to be trying to bring Ibrahimovic to Chelsea next term, before his sacking in December - and could now revive the idea at United.
United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has a keen eye for a commercial opportunity and, despite Ibrahimovic's advancing years, he remains one of the most marketable names in world football.
Signing Ibrahimovic on a free transfer and handing him a one-year deal - even on wages above £200,000 per week - would be seen as making commercial as well as footballing sense. Not that the former AC Milan and Barcelona star's playing powers are waning - he netted his 134th goal in 162 games for PSG in Tuesday's 2-1 Champions League first-leg victory over Chelsea .
Ibrahimovic is a pal of Beckham from their time together at PSG - and the Paris club's Qatari owners are now expected to investing in the ' Miami Beckham United ' franchise which is expected to start competing in the MLS in two years' time. Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic admits PSG still face a battle to reach the Champions League quarter-finals after Tuesday's narrow win.
PSG 2-1 Chelsea
"Two years ago we won 3-1 in the first leg against Chelsea and we still didn't do it, so it's unpredictable." But if we play the way we did in the first leg, we're confident of going through. And we want to play in this positive manner wherever we go.
"I think Chelsea is a fantastic team. Because they are not doing as well as they normally do in the Premier League, it doesn't mean it is a weak team, it is a strong team. "They have fantastic players and we knew it wouldn't be easy - we have a second leg to play and anything could happen."