MANCHESTER UNITED have shelved plans to sign Antoine Griezmann - and will now chase Romelu Lukaku instead.
But Ibrahimovic’s injury - he won’t play be fit until the middle of next season - has forced the club to re-evaluate their options.
While Wayne Rooney is set to leave, Mourinho still has Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan who can play in the No.10 role.
And that’s convinced Mourinho that a traditional No.9 is what he needs with Lukaku his top target.
A United insider said: “Griezmann had been a target but the club’s priorities have changed since Ibra’s injury.
“The club are now looking at alternatives who can play in the No.9 role - as opposed to a luxury No.10.”
Everton hitman Lukaku, who is represented by super-agent Mino Raiola, has been on United’s radar for months.
He is wanted by Chelsea too and the two clubs are now set to lock horns in the summer’s biggest transfer battle.
The lure of Champions League football had left the Blues in the driving seat to get a deal done.
But United have sneaked in the back door by winning the Europa League and they are preparing a mega-bucks package to convince him to snub a Stamford Bridge return.
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward worked with Raiola on the £86m transfer deal for Paul Pogba.
Raiola also played a role in the deal to bring Mkhitaryan to United last summer.
Lukaku scored 26 goals in all competitions for Everton last season but has refused to sign a new deal.
Raiola said yesterday: “Lukaku had a promise that if certain clubs came this summer that he could leave this summer.
"We are not in concrete talks with anybody at this moment, but hearing the market I think some clubs will contact Everton
"If the price is right for Everton and the project is right for Lukaku then I think he will want to make another step, but we are not there yet."