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Jose Mourinho: Zlatan Ibrahimovic can leave Manchester United

If he wants to leave.

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David Beckham has struck out on his own after waiting for the Class of ‘92 to get enough money together in order to buy Manchester United with Peter Lim. Instead, he’s been given a licence to launch a MLS franchise in Miami. He gave it the usual guff about only ever being interested in that city, as if he wouldn’t have gone along with another serious offer from elsewhere. Still, he seems like a relatively nice man, and you can’t say that about many people in the world.

Tottenham Hotspur’s impressive defender Toby Alderweireld is back in training for the club, and so could be in contention to feature for them against United this week. A trip to Wembley with Alexis Sanchez actually sounds pretty exciting, and with Spurs in an iffy period, this might be the time to play them with confidence. But the manager is still Jose Mourinho, so don’t get your hopes up.

Mourinho has said that he won’t stay in the way should Zlatan Ibrahimovic want to leave this season. He has been linked regularly with a move to LA, and might join the Galaxy ahead of their new season. Ibrahimovic is suffering from a niggle as he attempts to return from a serious knee injury that has kept him out of most of the season.

United look likely - certain, to be honest - to miss out on Athletic Bilbao’s central defender Aymeric Laporte. Laporte has bought himself out of his Athletic contract and will be joining Manchester City in the next few hours. City have now spent three trillion pounds on their defence in the last seven months.

And lastly, Mourinho says that Marouane Fellaini wants to stay at United. Given the amount of work needed to be done on the defence this summer, it may be no bad thing if he hangs around for at least a while longer.