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Sweden coach: Zlatan may sign for United in coming days

Sweden boss Erik Hamren was asked about his star striker in Saturday's press conference and revealed he could use days off to finalise United move.

Sweden coach: Zlatan may sign for United in coming days
JANERIK HENRIKSSON EFE

Sweden captain and record scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be allowed to leave the squad's Euro 2016 training camp to sign for Manchester United, coach Erik Hamren said on Saturday.

The 34-year-old, who is available on a free transfer after leaving Paris St Germain, has been strongly linked in media reports to a reunion with former coach José Mourinho, who was named manager of the English Premier League side last week.

"We have days off. We plan our activities and the players can act based on that," a mildly irritated Hamren told reporters. "I'm not going to speculate about such things."

Ibrahimovic sat out Tuesday's drab goalless draw with Slovenia to rest a sore calf, but will start in Sweden's final pre-Euro 2016 friendly against Wales in Stockholm on Sunday.

Sky Sports reported on Friday that United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is finalising a one-year deal with the player's representatives and the 34-year-old could join before Euro 2016.

The former Malmö, Ajax Amsterdam, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan striker, whose Paris St Germain contract is about to expire, wants to add the Premier League title to a trophy cabinet that already includes the Dutch, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 crowns.

The prolific Ibrahimovic scored 11 of Sweden's 19 goals in Euro qualifying including three out of four in a playoff win over Denmark that booked their place at the finals in France.

The Swede finished his career at PSG by helping the club to their second successive treble with two goals in a 4-2 victory over Olympique de Marseille in the French Cup final.

Ibrahimovic had already celebrated his last PSG game at the Parc des Princes against Nantes by breaking the club's scoring record in a top-flight season with a double, taking his tally to 38 goals, one more than Carlos Bianchi in the 1977-78 season.