UNITED TO SEAL ZLAT’S RE­TURN

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UNITED are hom­ing in on the re-sign­ing of Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic.

Reds boss Jose Mour­inho has told ex­ec­u­tive vice-chair­man Ed Wood­ward that he wants the 35-year-old Swede back at Old Traf­ford.

It is un­der­stood United have stepped up their work on the deal but the timing of the com­ple­tion is still uncertain.

The club and Ibrahi­movic were set to ac­ti­vate his one-year op­tion clause to stay at the end of his 12-month stint but the plans were wrecked when the for­ward tore his an­te­rior cru­ci­ate knee liga- ment against An­der­lecht last April in the Europa League quar­ter-fi­nal tie at Old Traf­ford.

Ibrahi­movic vowed to re­turn ‘even stronger’ af­ter the in­jury and he’s been post­ing en­cour­ag­ing videos of his come­back trail.

United de­fender Eric Bailly has also hinted that Ibrahi­movic is close to a re­turn to the Reds.

Mour­inho has to sub­mit his Cham­pi­ons League squad to UEFA at the end of the month but de­spite Ibrahi­movic’s in­cred­i­ble progress it is doubt­ful he would be ready for match ac­tion be­fore the group stages end in the first week of De­cem­ber.

But the striker could be a mid-sea­son boost for the Reds squad.

Since Ibrahi­movic’s in­jury, and the de­par­ture of the club’s all-time record goalscorer Wayne Rooney to Ever­ton, Mour­inho has been op­er­at­ing one striker lighter than last sea­son.

Last term he had the two ex­pe­ri­enced hit­men cou­pled with Mar­cus Rash­ford and An­thony Mar­tial.

The Reds boss has only topped up the de­part­ment with £75m Romelu Lukaku.

Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic is wanted back by United

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