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Ibrahimovic joins Man United as English clubs begin spending

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's high-profile move to Manchester United was confirmed on Friday, headlining the first day of what likely will be the busiest and biggest-spending transfer window ever seen in English soccer.

The arrival of 34-year-old Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford came after Manchester City signed Spain forward Nolito 13.8 million pounds ($18.3 million) and Crystal Palace spent about the same on England winger Andros Townsend.

It's a sign of things to come this offseason as English Premier League clubs start to spend some of the 8.3 billion-pound ($11-billion) windfall from its record domestic and international TV rights deals for 2016-19. That's an increase of around 70 percent from the last deal, meaning England will again dominate the European summer transfer window that opened for business on Friday.

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