Zlatan Ibrahimovic Wants to Become Man Utd's Highest Earning Player With New Contract

Jude Summerfield

​Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will only sign a new contract if the club makes him the highest earning player at Old Trafford, according to ​The Sun.

Ibrahimovic's contract expires at the end of the season, having signed on for one year after leaving Ligue 1 side PSG last summer, but it is expected the Swede will extend his stay with the Red Devils after an impressive debut campaign for the club.

Manchester United v FK Rostov - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: Second Leg
Manchester United v FK Rostov - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: Second Leg

The former Barcelona and Juventus forward has scored 26 goals so far in all competitions for United, but he is demanding a salary similar to fellow first-team stars Wayne Rooney and Paul Pogba, who both currently earn £300k-a-week.

Ibrahimovic has a clause in his contract to trigger another year of service at Old Trafford on similar £265k-a-week wages, but the 35-year-old is eager for parity between himself, Rooney and Pogba.

The striker's agent, Mino Raiola, has received offers from the MLS and the Chinese Super League, but Ibrahimovic is thought to favour a stay at United having adapted to life in the Premier League so quickly.


Should United be unwilling to negotiate a new deal there will be no shortage of potential suitors for Ibrahimovic, who is a proven performer throughout Europe's top leagues, although the rest of the world's richest divisions will all be interested in him.

Ibrahimovic is currently serving a three-match suspension after clashing with Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings and hopes new contract talks will start in the next few years. 

Club captain Rooney is expected to leave in the summer and manager Jose Mourinho sees no reason why the club shouldn't reinvest in retaining Ibrahimovic.


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