Manchester United Transfer News: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Stefano Sturaro Rumours

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2016

Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts after Lyon scored a second goal during the French L1 football match Olympique Lyonnais (OL) vs Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on February 28, 2016, at the New Stadium in Decines-Charpieu, central-eastern France. AFP PHOTO / JEFF PACHOUD / AFP / JEFF PACHOUD        (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)
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Jose Mourinho has reportedly been in contact with Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic over a potential move to Manchester United should the Portuguese take the manager's job at Old Trafford in the summer.

According to French outlet Le10Sport (via Metro's Mark Brus), Mourinho is trying to tempt the Swedish striker to make a free transfer to United over the summer when his PSG contract expires.

The former Chelsea boss worked with Ibrahimovic when he was at Inter Milan, and the forward has previously said he regrets not playing under him for longer, per the Daily Mail's Rohan Banerjee

Mourinho would likely be a big draw for the 34-year-old when he leaves PSG this summer, and United could do with someone of his immense experience.

However, it is far from guaranteed that Mourinho will take over from Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford in the summer. Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror recently reported that Ryan Giggs will succeed the Dutchman.

It is seemingly not a choice that would impress Bleacher Report's Dean Jones, who thinks Mourinho would be the ideal option for United, not least because he could attract big stars like Ibrahimovic:

Despite the fact that he is getting on in years, Ibrahimovic is still remarkably consistent in front of goal and has netted 23 times in Ligue 1 this season, per WhoScored.com.

A similar return for him at Old Trafford would give United a big boost, while his arrival would definitely take the strain off the likes of Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard—youngsters who have often had to carry the team this season.

Van Gaal did look to be sparking a slight revival recently when his side won four games on the bounce, but a Premier League defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday was another huge blow to United's top-four ambitions, and it remains unlikely that the former Ajax boss will still be in charge in Manchester next season.

MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 02:  Gary Alexis Medel of FC Internazionale Milano is challenged by Stefano Sturaro of Juventus FC during the TIM Cup match between FC Internazionale Milano and Juventus FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on March 2, 2016 in Milan, Italy.
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Mourinho reportedly has another target on his radar should he get the call up to replace Van Gaal, JuventusStefano Sturaro, per Italy's Forza Italian Footbal.

According to the Sun's Wally Downes Jr, Mourinho tried to sign the central midfielder as Frank Lampard's long-term replacement when in charge at Chelsea.

He is clearly a fan of the 22-year-old Italian, who has made 15 Serie A appearances for Juve in the current campaign, his first full season at the Old Lady, per WhoScored.com

Sturaro's potentially vital recent equaliser against Bayern Munich in the Champions League was an indication that he can handle the big occasion, per Juve's Twitter feed:

His defensive acumen would be a big help in the middle of the park at United, while he would be a key young presence in a midfield that currently includes aging duo Bastian Schweinsteiger and Michael Carrick.

Sturaro would be an exciting addition to the squad and could work well under Mourinho, but he may not even be on United's radar if the 53-year-old doesn't get the manager's job.