The English press is excitedly anticipating the possible arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the Paris Saint-Germain striker gave a typically cryptic answer about his future.
Ibrahimovic is out of contract at PSG in the summer and is expected to leave France for a short-term deal elsewhere before pursuing an expected swansong in the United States in 2017.
Several English newspapers say Ibrahimovic ‘made a point’ of speaking to them after PSG’s Champions League win over Chelsea on Tuesday night, leaving them to believe the 34-year-old is set for the Premier League.
The Sweden international’s actual comments, however, were hardly conclusive.
He is quoted as saying: “I have another three months here and then… what will happen? Big things will happen.”
Asked specifically about a move to the Premier League, Ibrahimovic added: “Let’s just say I am in good shape.”
His comments have led to the following headlines in Thursday’s newspapers:
Daily Telegraph: Ibrahimovic hints at possible move to United
Daily Mirror: Ibra hints he will be re-United with Jose
The Guardian: Ibrahimovic drops strong hint to potential Premier League suitors
Daily Mail: Come and get me, Zlatan tells English clubs
The Times: Ibrahimovic ready for Premier League stint
The Independent: Ibrahimovic reveals he is ‘in shape’ for summer move to the Premier League
The Sun: Zlatan fit for Prem switch
Daily Star: Zlat aims for Prem
Daily Express: Premier League? Zlat may be next move
Ibrahimovic has won league titles in Holland, Italy, Spain and France during a sparkling career, which has taken him from Malmo to Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG.
Unless he were willing to take a significant pay cut, only a handful of clubs could afford to match his reported £200,000-a-week-after-tax wages, and Manchester City can almost certainly be ruled out after Ibrahimovic was critical of Pep Guardiola – his coach at Barcelona – in his autobiography.
Ibrahimovic played for Jose Mourinho, strongly linked with the Manchester United job, at Inter.