Zlatan Ibrahimovic has agreed a 50% wage cut to re-sign with Manchester United, according to the Sun.
It was reported that the Swedish striker was earning £367,000-per-week last season.
Ibrahimovic signed a one-year deal last summer and was expected to sign on for this season prior to his serious knee ligament injury versus Anderlecht that is expected to keep him out until the New Year. It was announced earlier today that he has signed a contract with us until the end of this season.
Jose Mourinho replaced last season’s top scorer with Romelu Lukaku in the summer, handing the Belgian the number 9 shirt that was worn by Ibra last season.
We’ve saved significant sums on Wayne Rooney’s wage this season by letting him leave to re-join Everton. Rooney’s departure also freed up the number 10 shirt which Ibrahimovic has today been handed.
According to the Sun, Ibrahimovic will be earned £180,000-per-week basic salary, though that will be boosted by various add-ons that include appearances and goals.
How many appearances the 35-year-old will make for us this season remains to be seen. Firstly, he’s got to overcome a serious knee injury. Then it’s a case of where Jose Mourinho wants him to line up in our team.
We have scored eight goals in only two games this season with striker Romelu Lukaku netting three of those. Behind him, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has recorded four assists, so it will be interesting to see if the boss has anything in mind but a backup and rotation role for Ibra.
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