Ibrahimovic’s response when asked if he had received an offer from Man United was telling and caused a huge stir which hinted that United had indeed tried to lure the big Swede to Manchester.
As he’s a free agent there will be no shortage of offers but despite the prospect of re-uniting with Mourinho at Old Trafford, Raiola insists he is not in a hurry to make a decision.
Speaking about Ibrahimovic to Swedish newspaper Expressen, Raiola said: “It’ll be a surprise in the end. Everyone’s just talking about United!
“Does it have to be United that Zlatan goes to? Will the whole of Sweden not sleep if it does not happen? We have yet to decide, it’ll be a surprise in the end. Everyone talks about United, which is why I don’t talk to journalists a lot.
“There are clubs in England and Europe, some outside of Europe, but everyone thinks he must go to Manchester United. It’s not true. We’re not in a hurry. I only care about securing something of quality. We’ll see what happens, we have a good time ahead of us now.”
Ibrahimovic will no doubt have offers from China and USA but in terms of remaining at the top level, there will also be plenty of clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga and Serie A who would love to have him.
For United, it could be the perfect experienced signing we need in a youthful and exuberant squad and with 12 titles in his last 13 years, Zlatan has one of the finest winning records of any player. Re-uniting him with Mourinho could be a combination which drives United to challenge for the title.
As any agent would do, Raiola is keeping interest bubbling in his client but Zlatan has already said he’s made his mind up on where he wants to go and at the moment all fingers are pointing towards United.