Zlatan Ibrahimovic would not “walk through the door” at Manchester United as long as Louis van Gaal is in charge at Old Trafford, according to a friend of the player.
Ibrahimovic is out of contract at PSG this summer and has been widely tipped to move to the Premier League, with the likes of Arsenal, United, Chelsea and West Ham all reportedly interested in the striker.
But according to the Daily Telegraph, the Swedish international – who described Van Gaal as a “pompous ass” in his autobiography – is unwilling to join the Red Devils unless a new manager is in charge.
Speaking about Van Gaal last year, the 34-year-old said: “The way he is working is not the way I work.”
However, the former Barcelona striker has made no secret of his admiration of Jose Mourinho, who could be set to replace Van Gaal in the summer, according to numerous reports.
The duo worked together during the 2008/09 season at Inter Milan and are understood to still communicate regularly.
Earlier this week, Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola commented on the future of his client.
“Zlatan is motivated and all clubs who offer him a contract know that,” he said.
“He doesn’t need to continue for financial reasons, he wants to prove himself at the highest level, just as he has the other years when people thought he was too old.
“I’m not saying the financial aspect is not important at all, but his motivation is not money. If you are the best, you must be paid as the best.”