Mino Raiola Talks Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United, AC Milan Rumours

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IOctober 14, 2018

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Zlatan Ibrahimovic #9 of Los Angeles Galaxy celebrates his penalty kick goal during the Los Angeles Galaxy's MLS match against Vancouver Whitecaps at the StubHub Center on September 29, 2018 in Carson, California.  The Los Angeles Galaxy won the match 3-0 (Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images)
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent, Mino Raiola, has discussed speculation the striker could leave the Los Angeles Galaxy and return to Europe with Manchester United or AC Milan.

"We've never sat down for a second to talk about Ibra to Milan," he said, per Oraicon.it (h/t Football Italia). "We're making many appointments with different clubs, but nothing with Milan."

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly considering bringing the striker back to Old Trafford on a short-term deal, per Mark Ogden of ESPN FC.

AC Milan are also interested in signing Ibrahimovic as back-up for Gonzalo Higuain, per the Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Calciomercato.com).

Ibrahimovic only joined the Galaxy in March after Manchester United agreed to terminate his contract. The 37-year-old has been an instant hit in Major League Soccer with 21 goals and nine assists in 22 starts.

The striker's goalscoring exploits seem to have improved with age:

His prolific form has seen him linked with a move back to Manchester United, who have suffered a disappointing start to the season. The Red Devils have already lost three times and are seven points behind leaders Manchester City after just eight games.

Mourinho wants him back at the club for his "influence in the dressing room," leadership qualities and ability to lead by example, per Ogden. 

The Swede spent only one full season at Manchester United but helped the club win the EFL Cup and the UEFA Europa League.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - MAY 24: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United and Eric Bailly of Manchester United take a selfie photograph with the trophy after the UEFA Europa League final match between Ajax and Manchester United at Friends Arena on May 24, 2017
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Ibrahimovic is also a strong supporter of Mourinho and has given him his backing, per BetHard (h/t the Mirror's Alex Richards).

"I think he has the ability to win [the Premier League]. I think he is the right coach for that club, for that team. 

"But a coach is only as good as his team, so it's not like he can do miracles if the team is not good enough. "

"And I feel the team is good - it's progressing, becoming better. This is his third year, the players know more and more the way he wants to play and how he wants it - so I believe, yes."

Mourinho's position at Manchester United is under threat, and there was speculation he would lose his job before the international break, per David McDonnell at the Mirror.

The Portuguese remains at the helm, but his position is still under scrutiny. Bringing back Ibrahimovic would make plenty of sense. He's a big character who could inspire a fractured dressing room, provide goals and help the team get behind their manager.

Yet another of Ibrahimovic's former clubs, AC Milan, may also be an option. General manager Leonardo has said the Rossoneri have "thought about" a move for the striker, per Football Italia

Ibrahimovic is clearly enjoying life in the United States and has been thriving on the pitch. Raiola's comments suggest he is open to another move during the MLS offseason, and he could prove a useful asset to Mourinho at a difficult time in his United career.

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