Erik Hamren won't let Zlatan Ibrahimovic fly to Manchester during Euro 2016

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's prospective move to Manchester United may have to wait until after Sweden's Euro 2016 campaign has finished.

The 34-year-old will be the undoubted star of the show if Sweden are to progress beyond the group stage and manager Erik Hamren has urged him to focus on his country, not his future.

It is widely believed that he has agreed to join Manchester United on a lucrative one-year deal but has so far refused to confirm whether or not he will join up with Jose Mourinho.


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In any case, a medical will have to take place before a deal can be finalised and, if it is to be confirmed at any point in the next month, that will have to happen while the international tournament is still ongoing.

But Hamren has put a dampener on the chances of that happening, insisting that his star player will not be given permission to travel to Manchester while Sweden are in the midst of the contest.

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."

Media circus

But with Ibrahimovic's future still up in the air, it is only natural that the subject is going to dominate in every press conference that the former Inter, Barcelona and PSG star attends.

Hamren admits that there will be a lot of media surrounding his star player but believes he, Ibrahimovic and his team-mates are quite capable of dealing with it.

He added: "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."

Another reason to delay

Reports from earlier on Wednesday claimed that Ibrahimovic is delaying his move to Old Trafford until June 30 because doing so before that would see him miss out on a £4m loyalty bonus from PSG.

Reaching the end of his contract at the Parc des Princes would activate the clause but signing a deal with another club would eradicate it. According to The Telegraph, Manchester United have been informed of the situation and are happy to wait.

Not that Ibrahimovic will be short of cash. The same report claims the Swede will earn an impressive £250,000-a-week at Manchester United, making him the second highest earner at Old Trafford behind Wayne Rooney (£300,000-a-week).

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