Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be offered a new deal in 2018 by Manchester United when he recovers from a serious knee injury.
The Red Devils may have signed Romelu Lukaku for £75m to replace the 35-year-old, however, according to the Mirror, Jose Mourinho could turn to the Swedish striker in the new year if he requires more firepower.
United were keen to extend Ibrahimovic’s one-year deal prior to his injury against Anderlecht in April during the second leg of the Europa League quarter-final.
The nomadic striker has been given the freedom of United’s Carrington training ground for his recovery and it is said he has been so impressed with the level of care that he will give the club the first option of signing him when he returns.
Ibrahimovic silenced all critics upon his arrival in English football, scoring 28 goals in all competitions and earning a nomination for the PFA Player of the Year.
Given the fact that United will likely be partaking in numerous domestic competitions and the Champions League come January, bringing him to back into their roster could be a smart move.
Aside from Lukaku, the Red Devils have limited options at centre-forward, with Marcus Rashford the only real cover for the arriving Belgian.
The arrival of the Everton man is a big statement from Mourinho’s side after suffering initial frustration in the market.
They were rebuffed in their attempts to sign Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata but now, they have made a big signing in a department that desperately needed reinforcements.