Zlatan Ibrahimovic has wasted little time in making an impression on the Premier League, and it has reportedly earned him a possible long-term deal.
The 34-year-old scored the winning goal in the Community Shield against Leicester City last month, and has since bagged four goals in as many games in the Premier League.
Coupled with his impressive results in training tests since arriving at Carrington, The Mirror claim that he’s already got the Red Devils considering a long-term deal.
Ibrahimovic’s current contract is for 12 months with an option to extend for another year, but it’s now suggested that he could be offered the chance to pen a three-year extension which will take him past his 38th birthday.
Along with his influence in the dressing room and winning mentality that will undoubtedly benefit the younger players in the squad, the former Swedish international is clearly making his presence felt in Manchester.
In turn, it would be no surprise if Jose Mourinho and the hierarchy try to tie him to a longer contract, provided that he continues to perform at such a high level on a consistent basis.
It really is an impressive sight looking back on Ibrahimovic’s statistics over the years, as he has consistently played well over 20 league games per season since 2001, and had his best return yet just last season with 38 league goals in 31 outings for Paris Saint-Germain.
Evidently, there are no signs of a decline at this stage, and if he can continue to lead the line for Mourinho’s side so effectively and decisively, then there should be no question that he deserves an extension.
Perhaps the biggest obstacles will be his desire to play on and if he has a plan to play elsewhere before calling time on his career.