Louis Van Gaal claimed earlier this week that Manchester United could be on the brink of bringing a new “surprise” striker to the club.
The Dutchman said the secret player is one who the media haven’t written about, seemingly rulling out the likes of Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski and Edison Cavani.
And with those three apparently out of the running eyes have now turned to Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with Betfair slashing the price from 20/1 to 5/1 on the Paris St-Germain star moving to Manchester.
Betfair trader Michael Bowers said:
“Louis van Gaal has been making his intentions very clear this transfer window, doing whatever it takes to get the players he wants and now it looks like he could be making a move to poach Zlatan from the grasps of frontrunners AC Milan.
Milan have been the short price favourites being backed as low as 1/2 to sign the 33-year-old, but after a flurry of bets this morning United are now closing the gap and are 5/1 second favourites, with bets still coming in.”
If Zlatan does join Van Gaal’s red revolution he will follow Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian.