Zlatan Ibrahimovic is close to signing a new deal with Manchester United with the club said to be encouraged by the Swede’s astonishing recovery from knee surgery.
The Swede tore his anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments in April and had surgery in the United States exactly one month ago.
Such a complex injury would normally sideline athletes for around 9-12 months depending on their age and condition but Ibrahimovic uploaded a video of himself training with a ball this week.
Ibrahimovic’s surgeon would said to be astonished by the condition of the Swede’s knees and United are hopeful that the striker will return before Christmas.
The 35-year-old is out of contract at Old Trafford this summer but the Mirror claim he is now close to signing an extension in what would be a shock move for the Red Devils.
The u-turn on Ibrahimovic’s future could help, in part, to explain the fact that United have cooled their interest in Antoine Griezmann.
United officials have spent around six months laying the groundwork on a deal for the Frenchman but he Tweeted last night to confirm he’s stay at Atletico Madrid after their transfer ban was upheld.
In any case, Mourinho will still look to sign another traditional centre-forward this summer with Alexandre Lacazette, Romelu Lukaku and Andrea Belotti all targets.