Worldclass Forward To Sign For Manchester United This Week

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That has increased the sense that when he returns to action it will be as a Manchester United player.

Free agent Ibrahimovic, 35, is recovering from a knee ligament injury sustained in a Europa League match against Anderlecht in April which was expected to keep him out until 2018.

ESPN have reported that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be staying at Manchester United and that his new contract will be signed later this week.

The former PSG, Inter Milan and Barcelona striker is still undergoing his recovery work at United's AON Training Centre and it's believed that his rehab is going quicker than expected.

Jose Mourinho is understood to have him in his plans with the Daily Mail reporting that the Manchester United manager wants him enlisted for the knock-out stage of the Champions League.

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Manager Jose Mourinho and the Swede have always got along well, and Ibrahimovic was a favourite of the tactician last season, so it shouldn't come as a surprise he's set to return now that his injury concerns are almost in the rearview mirror.

A much discussed move to the MLS with LA Galaxy appears to have been put on hold, but his role in the new look United side will prove interesting should the return come to fruition. Therefore, United decided not to exercise their option to extend his contract into the second season. His contract with the club expired in June.

Considering his impact last season, in which he scored 28 goals in all competitions, he could be a real threat to the Belgian.

Not only was the striker hugely important in terms of football, but he was a big money-maker for the club's commercial team last term - outselling his other teammates in shirt sales by "at least two to one".

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