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Zlatan Ibrahimovic could make a sensational return to La Liga in January

The crocked Swedish forward is wanted by Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone once the club's transfer ban is lifted

No other 35-year-old could have made the impact Zlatan Ibrahimovic left on the Premier League in just one season.

The enigmatic forward proved his doubters wrong by bagging 28 in all competitions for Man United, despite missing the last two months of the season with a terrible knee injury.

Ibrahimovic ruptured his cruciate ligament in a Europa League game against Anderlecht at Old Trafford and, since he was signed to a one-year contract, the club are set to release the veteran forward.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring for Manchester United in EFL Cup final

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When they say you can’t become a club hero in just nine months

The man himself seemingly has no plans to retire as demonstrated with this weirdly brilliant Instagram post…

And so the question on everyone’s lips is – which club will be graced by Zlatan’s presence next?

There has been much speculation about a lucrative move to China or USA but there are plenty of European clubs queuing up to sign the shirt-selling machine after his age-defying form last season.

Sport are reporting that Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is keen to sign Zlatan once the club’s transfer ban is lifted in January.

Reports suggest the passionate gaffer thinks Zlatan could have a similar impact on Atletico as Christian Vieri in 1997.

The Italian target man scored 24 league goals in as many games during his solitary season in La Liga.

Simeone is potentially one of the very few humans in the world who could match Zlatan for intensity

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Simeone is potentially one of the very few humans in the world who could match Zlatan for intensity

Zlatan has experience in Spain of course.

He won five trophies in a short spell with Barcelona between 2009-2010 but fell out with manager Pep Guardiola when the latter decided to build his team around a certain Lionel Messi (fair enough).

Atletico’s recent history of forwards reads like a who’s who of modern greats with Fernando Torres, Diego Forlan, Sergio Aguero, Radamel Falcao, Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann all prolific in front of goals in the famous red and white stripes.

Zlatan would be a fitting addition to that crop.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be set to make return to Spain after period with Barcelona

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This seems like a lifetime ago now

Reports suggest superagent Mino Raiola is already mulling over a proposal from Atletico among several others.

Watch this space.