Sources close to Sky Sports have revealed this afternoon that Manchester United are not considering offering Zlatan Ibrahimovic a contract extension to keep him at the club next season.
After joining on a free transfer from PSG last summer, the veteran Swede had the option of another year if United desired – but in spite of this clause he looks set to be released on Friday.
Sky Sports had reported a fortnight ago that Ibrahimovic wants to remain at Old Trafford for another season, despite being ruled out until January after suffering knee ligament damage back in late April.
The news may come as a shock to some Manchester United supporters after the 35-year-old’s stunning debut season in the Premier League, hitting 28 goals in 46 appearances across all competitions.
His tally of 17 Premier League goals was the seventh best record in the top-flight this season, whilst it was his late, late goal that secured silverware for United in the EFL Cup final against Southampton.
Some fans took to social media to display their shock at the news…
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is unlikely to be offered a new contract by Manchester United. Why? LOL one of our best players last season. Still decent
— Nellis (@TheNellis_) June 8, 2017
Ibrahimovic is leaving Man Utd ????????
— Seán O'Sullivan ?? (@sean_osull00) June 8, 2017
Other people thought that it would be the right decision by United…
Ibrahimovic's expected departure not a surprise. Will only heighten speculation that #MUFC close to securing striking target.
— Tom McDermott (@MrTomMcDermott) June 8, 2017
After watching us for the entirety of last season, do you honestly think Zlatan Ibrahimovic was clinical in taking his chances? https://t.co/icH97aE7lP
— – (@ClassyWazza) June 8, 2017
Whilst others turned their focus to who his replacement will be this summer…
Morata wants to be the main striker where ever he goes. This sounds like a result of that demand.
— Kurt sloane (@Kurtsloane89) June 8, 2017
Would you have let him go Manchester United fans? Let us know below.
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