As if adding Edinson Cavani to his list of potential strike partners wasn’t enough, Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to lure Wayne Rooney to Paris Saint-Germain in 2014.
Speaking to the Sun earlier this week (h/t Mirror’s Chris Richards), the Swedish international commented that the Ligue 1 big spenders are on a rising trajectory, and that he is keen to take advantage of any doubts in Rooney’s mind:
The only direction this club is going is up. When there was talk of Rooney joining us in Paris it was a prospect that excited me.
I think he made it clear in the summer that he wanted a fresh challenge—and things have not been going so well for Manchester United this season. If he still wants to move next summer or in January I would urge him to come and play with me in Paris.
Rooney was being linked with a move to Parc des Princes over the summer, but the forward has since come back into the Red Devils’ fold and is his club’s joint-top scorer in the Premier League alongside Robin van Persie.
Ibrahimovic was also close to moving elsewhere over the course of the summer and recently admitted, per the Metro’s Massimo Marioni, that he was in contact with other clubs.
However, the 32-year-old eventually performed a U-turn since agreeing a one-year contract extension in the French capital and committing to the club until 2016, per BBC Sport.
In late September, when talking to BBC Radio Five Live (h/t ESPN), former Manchester United chief executive David Gill noted the reigning Premier League champions will definitely be offering Rooney a new contract at Old Trafford.
Should Rooney accept Ibra's invitation to Paris?
Were the player to pen a new deal, just like he did in 2010, it would surely put an end to any speculation of a move, or at least as far as 2015.
Last season, PSG outscored all Ligue 1 opposition, netting 69 goals, eight more than next-highest scorers Lyon. They have begun this campaign in similar fashion, already bagging a dozen in eight outings.
However, it seems Ibrahimovic isn’t content to settle with the assets already at the club and is only searching for ways in which Laurent Blanc might continue to add to his ranks.
Given the way things are looking at United under David Moyes, there could be a raft of players at the club currently considering their futures.
That being said, any club is bound to suffer following the departure of the best manager English football has ever known, and Moyes should have the time needed to band together a vastly talented group of players inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson.
If that is to be the case, there might be cause for Rooney to hold off on any exit plans for now.