Manchester United Transfer News: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Reportedly Expects Move

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2016

Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic smiles during a press conference at Stamford Bridge in London on March 8, 2016 ahead of their UEFA Champions League, round of 16 second leg football match against Chelsea. 

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reportedly "utterly convinced" he'll join Manchester United upon the expiration of his Paris Saint-Germain contract this summer.

That's according to the Sun's Dave Fraser, who reported the Swede "is already planning ahead for life in England" due to his overwhelming confidence he'll reunite with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford. Mourinho is widely tipped to replace the beleaguered Louis van Gaal in the United hot seat.

Ibrahimovic has been fairly tight-lipped about his future, though he has hinted a sensational move could be in the cards. Per Fraser, he said: "I have another three months here and, then, what will happen? Big things will happen."

Pressed on whether he would be joining a Premier League side, he merely replied: "Let’s just say I am in good shape."

He reiterated that he does not know who his next club will be and that he will assess his options in time, per BT Sport Football:

The striker turned 34 in October but has shown no sign of slowing down with age, racking up a phenomenal 30 goals and 14 assists in all competitions this season, as part of 136 he's notched in just 166 matches for PSG.

Per the Champions League's official Twitter account, Ibrahimovic appears determined to keep going for some time yet:

Bleacher Report UK's Andrew Gibney believes his outstanding form has warranted Les Parisiens keeping him an extra year:

United are undoubtedly in need of his talents after mustering just 37 goals in 29 Premier League games this season—meaning they have been outscored by eight Premier League sides this season.

Wayne Rooney, despite his recent uptick in form, has largely been poor while at just 20 years old, Anthony Martial shouldn't be expected to carry the weight of the team's goalscoring responsibilities almost single-handedly. Nor should fellow youngster Marcus Rashford, despite his impressive emergence.

As one of the most prolific strikers in Europe for over a decade, Ibrahimovic would not only bring the ruthless finishing United sorely need, but also the swagger the club have lost since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.

He'll surely have plenty of suitors, but with their pulling power—especially if Mourinho is brought in—United can win the race to sign him.