The Swedish striker, who turns 35 on Monday, ran down his contract with PSG last season and opted to join United on a free transfer, and he’s been arguably the Red Devils’ best player so far with six goals in ten appearances.
But things could have been very different had Zlatan chased a quick buck, according to Raiola.
Apparently, one team from the Chinese Super League was willing to offer an incredible amount to secure Zlatan’s signature – even by their standards – and speaking to Italian news outlet Il Giornale, via Goal.com, Raiola said: “Ibrahimovic is the best.
“He turned down €100m net from the Chinese! He doesn’t want more money, he wants to win.
“I’ve been lucky, I’ve always had champions. Zlatan, [Pavel] Nedved, Maxwell and now [Blaise] Matuidi and [Gigio] Donnarumma.
“He [Donnarumma] will become even better than [Gigi] Buffon, because whoever comes in the future is always better than the past.”
Ibrahimovic is reportedly on around £200,000 per week at Old Trafford but, had the Chinese offer been, say, a two-year deal, he would’ve been earning almost €1,000,000 every week.
What do you make of Raiola’s comments? Should Zlatan have taken the money? And is it refreshing that he didn’t?
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