The first move after Jose Mourinho
takes over as Manchester United manager is expected to be the signing of Swedish free agent Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Mourinho is set to
join United following the firing of Louis van Gaal
, and multiple reports suggest that the signing of Ibra on a one-year contract with an option for a second year was imminent. (Ibra's last of
three seasons at Inter Milan in 2008-09 was Mourinho's first of two seasons with the Italian club.) The Independent added that the offer includes
an option for Ibrahimovic become a United assistant coach after he quits playing.
Ibrahimovic played his final game for Paris St. Germain on Saturday as it beat Marseille, 2-1, for the
French Cup title. He finished with 156 goals in 180 games for PSG, winner of four straight Ligue 1 titles and all four French trophies in 2015-16.
Only recently, Ibra was linked by ESPN FC
with a move to MLS, more specifically a move to the LA Galaxy.
Then, ESPN's Taylor Twellman reported that if the big Swede moved to MLS
it would not be to the Galaxy.
information on Ibra's salary was available, but the Daily Telegraph reported
that Ibrahimovic wanted
the equivalent of what he was making at Paris St. Germain, which was more than $22 million after
The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf had reported
that Ibra had turned down a 50 million euro ($56 million) deal from an unnamed Chinese club to sign with United.
Whatever Ibrahimovic's salary is, it will dwarf what he could ever make
from an MLS club. The highest-paid player in MLS this season is Orlando City's Kaka at guaranteed compensation of $7,167,500
. Doubling that would still have gotten an MLS
team to only slightly more than $14 million -- nowhere near what Ibra could command elsewhere.
Offering Ibra the money he'd want would have also thrown any MLS pay scale for foreign stars
out the window, just as clubs are wrestling with trying to determine the impact, on the field and off, of the big signings of the last two years.