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Manchester United are hoping to beat Arsenal to the signature of Zlatan Ibrahimovic by completing the signing of Jose Mourinho, according to reports.
The Sweden international is reportedly heading to England when is deal at PSG expires in the summer and it is believed that the Gunners are in pole position to sign the striker. According to reports, the striker had privately identified Arsenal as the club he would love to join should he complete a move to the Premier League but Manchester United are not willing to give up their hope to sign the striker.
According to the Sun via the Metro, Manchester United believe they can sign the striker ahead of Arsenal should they hire Jose Mourinho as their new manager in the summer.
Ibrahimovic has publicly referred to Mourinho as the best manager he has played under and the Swede and the Portuguese tactician have mutual respect for each other. Manchester United are hoping the prospect of working with Mourinho again will influence his decision over his personal desire to play for Arsenal.
Manchester United are expected to hire Mourinho and part company with current boss Louis Van Gaal should they fail to qualify for the Champions League.
Arsenal are reportedly in search for a top striker to lead the line next season and have been tipped to battle Manchester United in the race to sign Ibrahimovic.