Zlatan is probably one of the riskiest holds on Football Index. I can’t think of many others that hold quite as much risk, there’s Dani Alves at 32, but he seems like a teenager compared to the 36 year old that is Ibra.
Age has a massive influence on Football Index trading prices, as there’s a term in the trading rules that if that player retires, the futures that traders hold will also retire with him.
Would I sign Zlatan? At around £1-£1.50 I would consider it.
If he does return to Manchester United, there may be media buzz presence around him, but this is just speculation.
He’s a proven goal scorer, single handedly helping Man Utd through last season & into the Champions League.
Zlatan has a bad injury at the end of last season, meaning Man Utd replaced him with Romelu Lukaku. Would Zlatan even get a game for Man Utd?
Will he recover and be the same player? Will he retire? Will he Play? Will he move to MLS or China? Does he suit Performance Buzz with his lack of team work?
Reasons to Buy Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Through all of the bad with Zlatan, there are potential reasons to buy him.
- When he recovers from injury, I expect there to be a huge media presence around his return. Last season, he did earn the title ‘King Zlatan’, for his Media Buzz returns!
- He has a personality which the media loves. He quotes to the media that he is God etc, which means they can write yet another story about him. Media Buzz is definitely suited towards players with big personalities.
- He is a prolific goal scorer, who most defenders dread playing against.
If you aren’t worried about the risk, by all means he could be a good addition to your portfolio.
Potential Reasons to Avoid
There are plenty of reasons why we want to avoid Ibrahimovic, which I will detail below.
- Romelu Lukaku. In the summer, Man Utd replaced Ibrahimovic, as he had done what was asked of him. Mourinho Signed Ibra to help push the team into the Champions League, so his work was done. Now Man Utd have Lukaku, what will come of Zlatan?
- Last season. At the end of last season, Ibrahimovic jumped, landed completely off balance & ruptured his cruciate ligaments. This is a bad injury for anybody, but to take this at 36 years old is a career changing injury. Ibrahimovic was told to consider retiring.
- Will he get game time? Man Utd don’t tend to play with two strikers, so to play with Lukaku and Ibrahimovic makes no sense as they are the same sort of striker. Mourinho paid £75m for Lukaku in the summer, so to drop him for Ibra would show he’s not impressed with the Belgians play.
- Will he retire all of a sudden? At 36, traders are faced with not knowing his next moves. The problem is, unlike players like Neymar, wh who are plotting their next big transfer, Ibra will be looking at either hanging the boots up, or trying USA for one final ‘payday’. It’s a risky time to be trading Zlatan.
- Price Crash. Zlatan dropped from £6 to just over £1.50 when he went off with his injury last season. He has slowly built back up to around £3, but this crash would have hurt traders, the problem is that there are no guarantees that he won’t crumble in price, AGAIN.
- His price is another issue, almost £4 for a player who is 36 is beyond me! I think most traders must be holding him for Media Buzz returns though, as…
- His play style is not suited for Performance Buzz. If he plays, he will most likely score goals, but he has next to zero impact on the build up play.
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It’s a no-brainer for me, I will be avoiding Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It’s just too much of a risk for me. He may well earn some Media Buzz dividends when he comes back from injury, but at 36 it’s just a few years too old for a serious investment.
At nearly £4, you may be better suited to put your money into a longer hold, such as Rashford, Gabriel Jesus etc.