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Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be here for a good time not a long time | Barney Ronay

Ibrahimovic to Manchester United is a genuinely alluring prospect, an uber-Andy Carroll with an elite level of flicks, tricks and stone-dead touches

There is something quite Euro 2004 about the prospect – distant, but looming closer – of José Mourinho spending his summer building an exciting new team around Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. What next? Maniche in to shore up the midfield. Igor Tudor doing a job at the back. Maybe Keiron Dyer could inject some pace off the bench during the familiar second half slow-down when only David Beckham actually seems to be still running around, albeit in slightly doomed fashion, like an eager little bandy-legged horse desperately trying make a point to all the other less worthy little bandy-legged horses.

For now Ibrahimovic to Manchester United continues to chunter in the background. It could very easily not happen at all, although judging by the usual leaks and prompts there is currently a more than fair chance football’s most exhilarating A-list kung-fu goal maverick really is on his way to Old Trafford, a move that has been widely trailed since Paris Saint-Germain’s elimination from the Champions League in spring.

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