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Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be released by Manchester United

Manchester United have confirmed Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be released on June 30 ,ending his one-year spell with the club.

The 35-year-old agreed a one-year contract, with an option for second season, last summer. But the extension had not been triggered by the time the Swede suffered his season-ending knee ligament injury in April.

Ibrahimovic was an instant success after joining United as a free agent from Paris Saint-Germain; scoring 28 goals in 46 appearances. He won two major trophies with United, Europa League and League Cup. Manchester United also won theACommunity Shield at the start of the season.

The 35-year-old’s agent, Mino Raiola, claimed last month Ibrahimovic was keen to extend his stay at United. But with the recent events, he confirmed that the striker has no plans to retire soon.

“Many clubs have asked for Zlatan,a he said. a?He can play two more years and will stay in Europe, 100%.”

Morata in for Zlatan ?

Morata Zlatan
Alvaro Morata could step in to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic

As for the player to fill Zlatan’s shoes, United have identified Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata; the man they want to lead the attacking line next season.

United remain in talks to sign Morata and are increasingly confident a deal can be agreed. Contrary to reports, United cannot talk to Morata and discuss personal terms until a fee has been agreed between the clubs.

Real value Morata at up to a90m (A?78m) and have already rejected a A?52.4m (a60m) from United. The Spanish club bought him back from Juventus last summer using a a30m option.

Meanwhile, Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin have launched a cheeky bid on Twitter to sign Ibrahimovic.

 

 

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