Zlatan Ibrahimovic has encouraged Jose Mourinho to launch a bid for Paris Saint Germain and Italy midfielder Marco Verratti next summer.
Reports over the summer suggested that Verratti, following a disappointing campaign under Unai Emery, had asked to leave the French giants ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.
Speculation over a potential bid for Verratti was amplified after the 25-year-old hired Mino Raiola – whose clients include Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – as his agent during the transfer window, but PSG were adamant that he wasn’t going to leave.
And Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who spent four years playing alongside Verratti, urged Mourinho to sign him over the summer.
“No-one is better than him, but you have to play him in the right way to get the best out of him,” he said.
“You have to play him like at PSG where he plays in central midfield.”
The arrival of Nemanja Matic signalled the start of a midfield revolution under Mourinho, who will no doubt witness dramatic changes at the core of his line-up over the summer.
You Mourinho may indeed welcome this. No side can succeed by standing still; investing in the next crop of midfield players – those responsible for dictating the style and speed of United’s play – should be on par with signing a left-back in terms of importance next summer.
And Verratti, no doubt, would be the best possible acquisition to working alongside Matic and Paul Pogba.