Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be allowed to complete his move to Manchester United until after Euro 2016, according to Sweden head coach Erik Hamren.
Ibrahimovic has been strongly linked with a move to Man United in recent weeks and reports have suggested that a deal is close.
Hamren insisted that he is relaxed about the ongoing furore surrounding the potential transfer but added that Ibrahimovic will have to stay with Sweden for the duration of the Euros.
“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,” he told a press conference at Sweden’s base in Nantes,” Hamren said.
“I’m one hundred percent sure (the furore) it will not affect Zlatan. He has been in the business a long time. He handles it perfectly.
“The players of the national team are accustomed to all the rumors surrounding Zlatan too. They are familiar with it. There is absolutely nothing that has affected us negatively in the group.
“I am for sure the rumours surrounding the captain will not affect the team. I understand there is a lot of Zlatan media, not only in Sweden. But, with us, it is nothing.”
It seems as if it is a matter of when, and not if, Ibrahimovic joins United. It makes sense for the striker to leave negotiations until after the Euros as he will want to focus fully on doing well for his country.
Once the competition is over, it appears as if Ibrahimovic will get his move. It is a hugely exciting one for supporters as Ibrahimovic has proven his credentials as a world-class player over the years.
The combination of him and Mourinho should certainly provide some fireworks during the coming campaign.