Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed he will join Manchester United ahead of the 2016-17 season. The 34-year-old striker will sign a contract at Old Trafford following the expiration of his deal with Paris Saint-Germain.
The Swede wrote via his Instagram page: "Time to let the world know. My next destination is Manchester United."
Ibrahimovic is expected to undergo a medical at the club on Friday (1 July) and officially sign a one-year contract. The club are still to confirm the move.
The former Sweden international joins United as one of Europe's most decorated players, having won league titles at every club he has played for in Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France. A career which has taken from hometown club Malmo to Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG has seen him score 392 goals in 677 appearances, winning at least one trophy in each season he has played in since 2001.
In winning his fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title with PSG last season, he struck 38 goals in a single league campaign, breaking a club record that had previously stood for 38 years.
His arrival in Manchester will see him reunite with Jose Mourinho. The two worked together at Inter Milan for just one season, but the Portuguese coach left a lasting impression with Ibrahimovic describing him as a manager he would be willing "to die for."
The feeling is very much mutual. In a 2014 interview, Mourinho explained his "special relationship" with the player he identified as one of the best in the world. "A player who gave me as much as Ibra will always be in my heart. He did a lot for Inter and Inter did a lot for him. I like seeing Ibra. I greet him whenever I get the chance to and I wish him all the best - except when he plays against me. He is very special, he is one of the best strikers in the world."
Ibrahimovic's arrival in the Premier League will also provide the opportunity to renew hostilities with Pep Guardiola, now Manchester City manager. He and Guardiola endured a fraught relationship during the striker's spell at Barcelona, referring to the coach as a "spineless coward" in his autobiography.
While the club have already signed defender Eric Bailly this summer from Villarreal, Ibrahimovic's arrival marks a significant statement of intent from Mourinho's United.
His arrival could be followed by that of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. United this week made an improved offer for the Armenia international with a final decision on the player's future to be made this weekend.
According to French publication L'Equipe, the club's vice-executive chairman Ed Woodward is also in talks with Juventus over a move for Paul Pogba, a deal that is expected to shatter the world record transfer fee.