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Manchester United urgently trying to wrap up Zlatan Ibrahimovic deal

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Manchester United are stepping up their pursuit of Zlatan Ibrahimovic with Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward hoping to complete the deal before the weekend is out.

According to Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils will have to either wrap up a deal before Sweden's Euro 2016 campaign kicks off or wait until their involvement in the competition is over.

Sweden's first game comes against the Republic of Ireland on Monday and Ibrahimovic will put any talk of his club future on hold from then on. Despite Ibrahimovic's involvement, Sweden are favourites to be eliminated from Group E which also contains Belgium and Italy.

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That means the towering frontman could be free to reopen negotiations as early as Wednesday week but chief executive Woodward is hoping to end speculation by agreeing a deal at the earliest possible juncture.

It is believed that all parties want the deal to happen and the terms of a one-year contract worth £250,000-a-week have been deemed agreeable by the 34-year-old. However, there are still finite details to iron out, including a medical, before it can be rubber stamped.

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Sweden blocking the move

And there lies a big problem. Sweden coach Erik Hamren has already confirmed that he will not give Ibrahimovic permission to leave their training camp to undertake a medical in Manchester, suggesting any formality will have to take place in France.

Asked if Ibrahimovic would be able to fly to Manchester during Euro 2016, he told Swedish outlet GP: "It would not be okay for Zlatan to fly to Manchester.

"I understand there are a lot of Zlatan media. Not only in Sweden. I understand that. With us, it is nothing. He handles it perfectly, we know about. The players are familiar with it. You can be calm, there is nothing that affected us negatively in the group. Absolutely nothing."

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Compensation

There had also been reports that Ibrahimovic would delay the move until June 30 because announcing his arrival at Old Trafford before then would see him forfeit a £4m bonus from Paris Saint-Germain.

Ibrahimovic's deal with the French giants does not expire until the end of the month and only then will the loyalty bonus be paid out.

However, this new report claims there is no issue and Ibrahimovic is free to complete and announce his arrival in Manchester any time. However, he won't of course, become an official Manchester United player until July 1, as per his contract with PSG.

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