Belfast Telegraph

Sweden boss holds up Manchester United move as Zlatan Ibrahimovic must stay put

By Staff Reporter

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be allowed to leave Sweden's Euro 2016 base in order to finalise his move to Manchester United, according to his manager Erik Hamren.

It was revealed last week that the Old Trafford club were close to completing a deal with the 34-year old striker which would see him move on a one-year contract.

The deal would see Ibrahimovic link up with former boss Jose Mourinho who he worked with at Inter Milan.

The two parties had been optimistic that the move could be confirmed by the time Sweden kicked off their Euro campaign against the Republic of Ireland on Monday.

Initially Hamren had granted his talismanic forward permission to travel to Manchester and complete the deal after Sweden's warm-up match with Wales, but yesterday he revealed that Ibrahimovic would be staying in camp.

"It would not be okay for Zlatan to fly to Manchester," Hamren said.With just three days until Sweden begin their Euro 2016 campaign, Hamren's decision means it is highly unlikely the deal between Ibrahimovic and Manchester United will be completed before Monday.

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