Following the latest comments from Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal, it looks highly unlikely that Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be moving to Old Trafford in summer.
The Swedish international is in the final year of his contract with the Paris club and has been linked with a summer move to the likes United, Chelsea, and Arsenal.
However, Van Gaal thinks that the 34-year old striker is too old to play for the Red Devils.
The Dutchman told Swedish told TV station Viasat, via the Guardian:
“We need to improve our selection [squad], because when I took over, we had six or seven players above 33 years old. Nobody knows that anymore because now they are gone. But now we have a much younger team, and still we need a much younger selection because we need creative players in attack and also fast players.
“I like [our] own youth players more because they already know the culture in Manchester United, and that is also the philosophy for example of Ajax or Barcelona and also Bayern Munich.”
When asked about Ibrahimovic’s potential move to United, Van Gaal said: “You never know? I cannot say anything about that subject. He’s already 34, and I just spoke about the age [of the players] I let go [from United].”
Meanwhile, according to reports in Italy, United are tracking Juventus defender Alex Sandro. The 25-year old moved to the Turin club in a £19.5 million move from Porto last season, but the Old Lady are not too keen on him leaving the club after just one season.
Italian source Tuttomercatoweb.com claim that the Bianconeri have slapped a price tag between £36 million and £40 million on the Brazilian full-back.
Sandro has scored two goals and provided three assists in 18 league appearances this season for Juventus. He also made five Champions League appearances.