Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed that he has had offers from both Arsenal and Manchester City in the past and was close to joining both of the Red Devils’ domestic rivals.

The Sweden international moved to Old Trafford on a free transfer over the summer after leaving Paris Saint-Germain and has made an impressive start to life in English football.

Ibrahimovic scored in the Community Shield victory over Leicester City while has also netted in the Premier League against both Bournemouth and Southampton so far in 2016-17.

The Scandinavian veteran is regarded as one of Europe’s top centre forwards despite his age and has added a clinical edge to the United forward line.

However, Ibrahimovic has revealed that he could well be playing for one of United’s rivals this season.

“I was close to moving to the Premier League twice – once with Arsenal and then Manchester City,” he told Sky Sports.

“But it never happened and I don’t need to play in the Premier League.

“Mourinho is the mastermind, the masterbrain. He knows what he needs to do to win. I learned a lot from him at Inter.

“Who wouldn’t want to have Mourinho as manager?”

Arsenal fans will be thinking about what might have been if Ibrahimovic had joined Arsene Wenger’s men in the past.

The Gunners have not had a prolific striker in their ranks since the days of Robin van Persie and a lack of a potent forward has been adjudged by many as a key reason why the North London side have missed out on major silverware in recent years.


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