Zlatan Ibrahimovic has reportedly reached an agreement on personal terms with Manchester United, but he still wants to hold talks with Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese tactician was appointed as Louis van Gaal’s successor last month, and it immediately drew suggestions that he could play an integral role in getting Ibrahimovic to move to Manchester.
According to The Guardian, the 34-year-old has agreed on his salary, but wants reassurances from his former boss about his role at Old Trafford next season before agreeing to a reunion.
Ultimately, the Swedish international isn’t interested in a back-up role in what could be the final big move of his career, and so he wants to know that he will be seen as a pivotal part of Mourinho’s plans next season as he looks to get United back to the top of English football.
It is also reported that Ibrahimovic has informed Tottenham Hotspur that United are the only English side that he will sign for, while his agent, Mino Raiola, is also yet to begin negotiations about the fee that he will receive for taking his client to Manchester.
With those issues in mind, it doesn’t appear as though the respective parties will be able to reach an agreement early next week, which in turn suggests that Ibrahimovic’s future won’t be sorted out before Euro 2016 kicks off.
Sweden begin their tournament on June 13 when they face the Republic of Ireland, and while in an ideal world Ibrahimovic would no longer have the distraction of his club future lingering on, it looks as though he may have to put it to the side and focus on his national team for the foreseeable future.