Zlatan Ibrahimovic has already signed a Manchester United contract at his pre-Euro 2016 training camp in Sweden, according to Tancredi Palmeri.
The 34-year-old is currently representing his national side as they aim to make the final 16 of the Euros and must take a win from Belgium on Wednesday night.
He was widely expected to become Jose Mourinho’s first signing at Man United but speculation has cooled since then with the signing of Eric Bailly and the Swede confirming his retirement from international football.
Speaking about his deal, Palmeri insists he signed the agreement in early June.
“He’s signed for Manchester United,” the top Italian journalist said.
“He signed an agreement in early June. It was sent to him at the pre-Euro 2016 training camp in Sweden, he signed it and sent it back.
“It’s the pre-agreement to prepare for the move. That’s just how things work in football, it was the same with Mourinho and Manchester United.”
Ibrahimovic’s move was widely touted as being a done deal a few weeks ago and at 34 years of age, many see it as somewhat of a risk. His imminent retirement from international football, however, will ease the toll such an extensive footballing schedule can have on an elite athlete’s body.
It seems Ibrahimovic, who has talked about a move to the Premier League for quite some time, is aiming to be the best player he can be in a United jersey and wants to focus solely on being a success at the club. Despite scoring 50 goals last season, many suggest the Ligue 1 is far less attritional than the Premier League and it would make sense for the former PSG player to retire now when he is good health to prolong his career for as long as he can.
Whether or not Palmeri is correct in this instance remains to be seen but there aren’t any other clubs who are being linked with Ibrahimovic quite as much as United. At this stage, it would almost be a surprise to see him move anywhere else other than Old Trafford.