Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues to keep the world guessing over the identity of his next club after refusing to confirm he will join Manchester United for the new season. The Sweden captain had promised to make a major announcement on Tuesday [7 June], but instead revealed his new clothing range at an event in Paris.
The 34-year-old's future has been the subject of wild media speculation since he confirmed he would leave Paris Saint Germain at the end of last season. The Independent understand Ibrahimovic has agreed a one-year contract to move to Old Trafford, a deal worth £250,000-a-week, with the option for a 12-month extension.
But United and Ibrahimovic have been forced to delay announcing the deal, which would be Jose Mourinho's second signing since replacing Louis van Gaal having acquired Eric Bailly from Villarreal, until the end of his contract with PSG which expires on 30 June.
Llast season's Ligue 1 top scorer was typically brash when asked about a move to the Premier League after he mistook a supporter for a journalist during the launch of his A-Z clothing line.
"There is no confirmation," he replied during a Facebook Q&A in the French capital, according to Sky Sports. "You are a journalist, no? There is no saying 'yes' or saying 'no' so you will have to have patience. I want you to keep wondering where I will go, keep making stories because I enjoy when these stories go out. When I feel tired I will let you know what my next destination is. My future is A-Z. They will be wearing A-Z in Manchester also."
Ibrahimovic's move to United appeared to draw closer after Mourinho was appointed into the hotseat with the 20-time English league champions – with the pair have enjoyed a close relationship during their spell at Inter Milan. "Mourinho is cool," he recently told The Guardian when speaking about his former managers. "The older they get, the cooler they get. The grey hair. The serious expression. I have a good relationship with all of them."
The Mirror understand Mourinho will be handed £200m to stage a mass overhaul of the United squad this summer, to help return the club to the summit of the domestic game. Louis van Gaal spent £250m during his two seasons in charge but saw his tenure cut short two years into his three-year deal, with just the FA Cup to show for his efforts.