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Real Madrid Linked With Strange Move For Manchester United Attacker: Does He Fit In At Bernabeu?

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

It has turned out to be a pretty difficult season for Zinedine Zidane as the reigning European and Spanish Champions have failed to find any consistency this season. Los Blancos seem to have lost the guile, which was the main resource of their triumphant last season.

Zidane opted to go slow in the summer transfer market as he believed he would be able to emulate the same philosophy at the club with the available players.  But things have gone out of hand, as the Spanish giants have failed to keep pace with archrivals Barcelona in the La Liga race and have fallen eight points behind the current league leaders.

If reports are to be believed Madrid have been busy working on a number of transfers and one of them is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The 36-year-old defied all the odds as he kept his engine running last season by netting 27 goals for the Red Devils.

But his maiden United campaign ended on a bitter note as he suffered a career-threatening knee injury against Anderlecht in the Europa League. Ibrahimovic was brought by Jose Mourinho on a one year contract but after seeing his influence on and off the field, United extended his contract by a year and he will wear the no. 10 jersey vacated by Wayne Rooney once he returns, later this season.

A move for Ibrahimovic might sound odd but given his plethora of experience, it could prove to be a lethal for Los Blancos. They certainly lack depth in the forward section as Karim Benzema seems to have passed his prime while Borja Mayoral definitely is not the striker Real have been craving for.

Before getting injured, Zlatan displayed his class on the field as he led the Manchester United attack on his lone shoulder. Mourinho depended on him heavily and the former Swiss international repaid the faith of his manager with some blistering performances in front of the goal.

Despite his advanced age, he never looked clumsy and tired, and like an “old wine in new bottle,” he had shaped himself pretty nicely at  Old Trafford. His impact on youngsters like Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford was highly applauded and it has impressed Florentino Perez.

The striker has been working hard as he is undergoing a rehabilitation process and resumed his training recently. It remains to be seen whether he would compromise his long ambition of winning the Premier League by leaving the English outfit or if he gives it another go.

Do you think Zlatan can be a hit at Bernabeu?

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