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Saturday 24 June 2017

A theatre of Swedes

Zlatan to extend Reds stay as €50m Lindelof deal beckons

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Jose Mourinho is ready to make Old Trafford the 'Theatre of Swedes' with a contract extension for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a €50m deal for Benfica defender Victor Lindelof.

First to commit is likely to be Zlatan, Mourinho's goal saviour since August and now all but certain to spend at least one more season in the Premier League with United.

Agent Mino Raiola all but confirmed that a contract option for a second year would be taken up despite a €150m deal offer in China.

"There is a big chance that there will be a second year," Raiola said. "We had already included that in the contract so it is not new for us and Manchester United.

"Both parties are very happy with that. It is more a question of time or when, rather than if."

"That (China) was also last year and he chose not to take it to come to England and that showed his spirit. The boy is not done yet. He still has it in him.

"He still has the fire that he wants to win, that he wants to perform, and if it was only money he was after, he would not be at Manchester United."

Mourtinho himself is tipped for a contract extension but his main priority seems to be bolstering his squad and he has moved to plug a gap in his defence by agreeing a big deal with Benfica for Swedish prospect Lindelhof.

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