Manchester United’s hopes of signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer have reportedly come under threat after it emerged Bayern Munich are also keen on the veteran goal getter.
Out of contract at the end of June, Ibrahimovic had seemed destined to sign for the Old Trafford club, with a medical rumoured to have already been penciled in once Sweden’s Euro 2016 has concluded.
Yet it has emerged that Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti, who worked with Ibrahimovic during his final season at Paris Saint-Germain, is interested in bringing him to the Allianz Arena.
Current number nine Robert Lewandowski is reportedly unsettled in Bavaria and the Swede is seen as a potential replacement for the Poland star.
If the deal bringing Zlatan to United has not been all but completed in clandestine fashion, the Manchester giants have every reason to be fearful of losing out to Die Roten in the battle for his services.
Bayern offer several carrots for the 34-year-old that Jose Mourinho’s men are unable to boast.
On the home front, they are supreme rulers of the Bundesliga having won the title for the last four seasons and signed their closest rival’s star defender Mats Hummels earlier this summer.
United could only finish fifth in the Premier League in 2015/16 and have fallen some way down the domestic pecking order.
If Ibrahimovic wishes to add to his impressive record of having won the league with the last six teams he has played for (and in all but two seasons since 2001/02) the Bavarians would be the more logical choice.
Meanwhile, if the much-coveted soon-to-be-free agent wishes to finally win the biggest club trophy to elude him, the Champions League, then Bayern unlike Man Utd are in the competition next season.
Finally choosing Munich over Manchester also speaks to his desire to be the dominant force in the division where he plays, as Bayern rule the Bundesliga in a fashion United do not have a hope of emulating on home turf in 2016/17.