Zlatan Ibrahimovic faces having to wait until after Sweden's European Championship campaign has ended to conclude his move to Manchester United, or any other club, this summer. The 34-year-old and his teammates will not be allowed to leave the country's training camp at Saint-Nazaire to complete transfer deals until their international commitments have finished.
Sweden manager Emrik Hamren had initially suggested that players could use days off as they wished. This would have opened the door for Ibrahimovic to travel to Manchester to undergo a medical and put pen to paper on a one-year deal after agreeing a salary of £220,000-a-week with the Old Trafford club, according to The Guardian. Ibrahimovic is yet to confirm where he will be playing next season, after leaving Paris Saint-Germain.
But any plans Ibrahimovic had of securing his move to United – whose new manager Jose Mourinho is close with the forward following their time together at Inter Milan – have been scuppered after Hamren U-turned on plans to allow his players free rein during days off. The final of Euro 2016 takes place on 10 July, and should Sweden be involved then Ibrahimovic will have no choice but to remain with his teammates until then.
"Players have their leisure time on the schedule, what they do then there's nothing I can do to control. But it would not be okay for Zlatan to fly to Manchester [United]," Emrik Hamren told a press conference, according to Sky Sports. "I'm 100% sure [the furore] it will not affect Zlatan. He has been in the business a long time. He handles it perfectly."
The Independent understands that Ibrahimovic has to wait until his current contract with PSG, which runs until 30 June, expires meaning he is currently unable to move to United until July at the earliest. Mourinho has already made one signing this summer in the form of Eric Bailly from Villarreal and is keen to bring in further new faces to freshen up his squad.