Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed that he will be joining Manchester United ending intense speculation about where the 34-year-old Swedish superstar forward will be playing next season.
“Time to let the world know, my next destination is Manchester United.” he posted on twitter and Instagram, along with a picture of the United badge.
The former Sweden skipper will become new United boss Jose Mourinho’s second signing after that of highly rated Ivory Coast centre-back Eric Bailly from the Spanish outfit Villarreal and will pen a one-year deal, with the option for a further 12 months.
Ibrahimovic reunites with Mourinho after they enjoyed a good relationship while together at Italian club Inter Milan, in what is likely to be the last major move in a career spanning five countries and reaping 11 league titles.
United insist no deal has yet been signed with Ibrahimovic, who has yet to undergo a medical with them. But a verbal agreement has been reached between both parties, with no other clubs involved, and the deal is expected to be signed this weekend.
He is set to sign a one-year deal on Friday that will see him earn about £220,000 almost 29.6 million shillings a week, British media said.
The towering Swede, who hit 62 goals in 116 international matches, had toyed with questions for weeks about where he would be going.
It will be his first time playing in the Premier League, which is awash with cash from a bonanza television deal.
Ibrahimovic, who quit international football after Sweden crashed out of Euro 2016, has also played at Ajax, Juventus, Barcelona and AC Milan during a career in which he has become as well known for his colourful personality as his prowess in front of goal.
He had also been linked with a return to AC Milan and his agent had suggested that Major League Soccer in the United States was another potential destination, but United had been firm favourites all along.
Ibrahimovic had said weeks ago that he knew where he would be playing next season, but kept the football world guessing.