Jose Mourinho demands contract for star forward this summer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The 35-year-old scored 28 goals in 46 appearances for Man United during the 2016-17 campaign, but he missed the final stages of the season after picking up a serious knee injury. The L.A. Times writes that: "numerous stories out of England say Ibrahimovic, who is rehabbing a season-ending knee injury in Manchester, is close to accepting an offer from the Galaxy that one report said is worth more than $7.7 million".

Mourinho, speaking ahead of United's opening U.S. tour game against Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday, said Ibrahimovic could yet return the club next season.

"It's possible. It's open, we wanted to be honest and open and make a decision if his desire was to leave".

Ibrahimovic would have stiff competition for his place, after Manchester United splashed £75m on former Everton striker Romelu Lukaku earlier this week.

"So we open our door for him to recover with us, at Old Trafford, at Carrington".

His agent Mino Raiola has previously said the former Sweden forward will stay in Europe while in March LA Galaxy told Ibrahimovic they were willing to make him the highest-paid player in MLS history.

"Yes, we have had interest, that is obvious and it's public", Mourinho said. Of course with his first European trophy but not playing and he made the challenge for himself of wanting to keep playing at the highest level.

"Let's make a decision that makes us all happy and if that's for him to stay and we wait until December, maybe".

Striker Ibrahimovic, 35, is now recovering from knee surgery at Manchester United's training ground.

However, Mourinho refused to rule out re-signing Ibrahimovic as a free agent if the deal suits both parties.

However, his competitive nature and unfinished business in Manchester will mean he will more than likely sign another short-term deal to play for Jose Mourinho once more, after announcing on his Instagram page there will be a "big announcement" regarding his future.

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