Manchester United will not be offering top goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic a new contract at Old Trafford after his long-term knee injury at the end of last season, according to reports from Sky Sports.
The 35-year-old proved a huge success for United last season, scoring 28 goals across all competitions, as Jose Mourinho's side won the EFL Cup and Europa League, while also finishing sixth in the Premier League.
Ibrahimovic was understood to be in United's plans for 2017-18 until his season-ending injury.
United will announce their list of retained players at 9am BST on Friday, with Ibrahimovic the only first-team fixture whose contract is due for renewal. He not only scored the victor late in the Community Shield, but scored late on to seal the EFL Cup against Southampton.
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The Swede sustained a serious knee ligament injury in April that will reportedly keep him out until January 2018. And with his recovery expected to continue for a number of months, United have begun to look for a replacement in the summer transfer market.
Then there is the expense of retaining the highly-paid striker at a club that he will be unable to play for half the campaign.
Reported target Romelu Lukaku appears close to leaving Everton for former club Chelsea, while Torino striker Andrea Belotti and Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata are other options.