Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to delay his move to Manchester United in order to represent Sweden at the Olympic Games in Rio, according to reports.
The 34-year-old is yet to confirm if he’ll be reunited with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford next season, with a deal of at least £250,000-a-week said to be in the works.
His contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires at the end of this month and his decision to initially delay a move to Manchester was due to a loyalty bonus in his contract that would see him lose out on a £1m bonus if he signed for another club before his deal expires.
He did not sign a contract before he travelled to France with the rest of the international squad and there could be even further delays as he looks to play at Rio 2016.
Ibrahimovic has won a league title with every club he has played for and is now interested in an Olympic gold medal, but I’m sure United fans are hoping he’ll be able to add the Premier League title to his collection next season.
Should he head to South America in August he would be ruled out of the start of United’s Premier League season as the campaign is due to start on August 13 while the Olympics do not finish until August 20.
He would also not be able to play in the club’s pre-season tour and would miss valuable time to train with his new team-mates. It’s a big decision to make and I’m sure United officials won’t be happy with his absence from the tour in the Far East.