Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Manchester United return appears to have been all-but-confirmed – thanks to kit manufacturers adidas.
Norwegian sports journalist Jonas Giaever posted a screenshot on his Twitter account of the USA’s adidas online store giving United fans the option of adding Ibrahimovic’s name and squad number – now the number 10 instead of nine – to any replica jersey they buy:
Looks as though the US adidas shop has let the cat of the back. “IBRAHIMOVIC 10” is a set option if you wish to customize your United shirt pic.twitter.com/ogIyccducv
— Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) August 22, 2017
The leak comes as rumours gather pace over the legendary striker being on the verge of penning a new 12-month deal to return to Old Trafford after he was released by the Red Devils at the end of last season.
United opted to allow Ibrahimovic to leave on a free transfer after the veteran marksman suffered a cruciate knee ligament tear in their Europa League semi-final clash against Anderlecht in April.
Despite reports stating that he would not return to full fitness until April 2018, Ibrahimovic’s recovery thus far has exceeded expectations, and doctors and medical staff have been stunned by the speed of his rehabilitation.