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Spurs linked with January move for Zlatan following Mourinho appointment

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is being linked with a move to Tottenham in the January transfer window following the club’s appointment of Jose Mourinho as their new manager.

The veteran forward is available on a free transfer in the new year following the expiry of his contract at LA Galaxy, the 38-year-old opting to leave the MLS side after two seasons in Los Angeles.

Mourinho and Ibrahimovic have long held a strong relationship since working together at Inter Milan, while the 56-year-old also signed the former Sweden international during his time at Manchester United.

Ibrahimovic would thrive under Mourinho at Old Trafford, scoring 29 goals in 53 appearances in all competitions, winning the League Cup and Europa League before suffering a serious knee injury which threatened his career.

Having made a full recovery and enjoyed a prolific two year spell in the US, the Telegraph are reporting that Mourinho is now considering a move to bring Ibrahimovic back to the Premier League.

Spurs are looking to add a forward to their options having failed to replace Fernando Llorente during the summer, the Spaniard leaving the club to join Napoli having largely acted as an understudy to Harry Kane during his two seasons at the club.

Ibrahimovic’s advancing years mean a back-up role may suit the former Barcelona and Juventus striker at this stage of his career, while Mourinho would be keen to bring in a player with his wealth of experience and winning mentality.

A host of Italian clubs have been linked with a move to take Ibrahimovic back to Serie A, including former club AC Milan who have reportedly already held talks regarding a return to Italy.

However, Mourinho will hope his relationship with the forward can persuade him into taking a second crack at English football, with the hope the highly-decorated star can influence a Tottenham side without a trophy in over a decade.

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