Real Madrid Want To Loan Zlatan Ibrahimovic And Appoint Jose Mourinho As Manager
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Real Madrid are now five games without a win after Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Levante and it looks like change it on the horizon after reports have emerged that Los Blancos are close to sacking struggling manager Julen Lopetegui.
Lopetegui took over in the summer after leaving his post as Spain's national manager but has failed to hit the ground running, with the Spanish side going through the longest goal drought in their decorated history during this weekend's tie.
As rumours continue to swirl surrounding his future, a number of managerial candidates have been thrown into the hat, including former Los Blancos boss Jose Mourinho, who left the Spanish giants by mutual agreement in 2013
The current Manchester United boss has emerged as the first choice amongst Real Madrid directors, according to Spanish publication El Chiringuito.
"If and when Lopetegui goes, Jose Mourinho is the man the Madrid directors want to replace him." they report.
Whether Mourinho will leave Manchester United is a completely different matter, but it looks like Madrid are also chasing another man who has made a real impact at Old Trafford in years gone by.
According to another Spanish publication, Cadena COPE, Los Blancos will solve their goalscoring woes by signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a short term loan deal during the MLS off season.
Zlatan has come out and said that he wants a good balance between work and rest after suffering a serious injury during his time at United, but the lure of the Bernabeu could be too strong if they decide to make an approach.
The 37-year-old Swede has also been linked with a move back to the Premier League with his former side, and said the following in an interview with Sky Sports.
"I think I'm in a situation where I need to have a good balance between work and rest. Because I came back from injury and because of my age and the load I'm putting in during training.
"It's not what I have been thinking about because we still have two games, hopefully we make the playoffs."
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