Manchester United Officially Complete the Free Agent Signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Jamie Spencer
90Min

Manchester United have officially completed the long awaited signing of Swedish superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer following his formal departure from Paris Saint-Germain at the end of June.

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The Friday announcement from Old Trafford comes after the player himself initially broke the news on Thursday afternoon. At that point he had not actually signed the contract or undergone a medical, but it is believed that the club was fully happy to let him tell the world.

"I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League," Ibrahimovic told ManUtd.com.

​"It goes without saying that I cannot wait to work with Jose Mourinho once again. He is a fantastic manager and I am ready for this new and exciting challenge. I have thoroughly enjoyed my career so far and have some great memories.

"I am now ready to create more special memories in England."

"Zlatan needs no introduction. The statistics speak for themselves," Mourinho added.

"Ibra is one of the best strikers in the world and a player who always gives 100 per cent. He has won the most important league championships in the world of football, now he has the opportunity to play in the best league in the world and I know he will grasp this opportunity and will work hard to help the team win titles.

"I am certain that his talent will delight fans at Old Trafford next season and that his experience will be invaluable in helping to develop the younger players in the squad."

The former Barcelona, Milan and Ajax striker will lead a young front-line at United in 2016/17, with fans hopeful that 20-year-old Anthony Martial and 18-year-old Marcus Rashford will be able to learn plenty by working with one of the world greats of his generation.

Last season, he scored an incredible 50 goals in 51 games to win a fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title, as well as Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue wins to complete a second straight French domestic treble.

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