Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirms Manchester United transfer boost as first summer signing close

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in an advisory role at AC MilanZlatan Ibrahimovic is in an advisory role at AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in an advisory role at AC Milan | Getty Images
Man Utd are closing in on their first signing of the summer transfer window.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed AC Milan are now out of the running to sign Manchester United target Joshua Zirkzee in the summer transfer window.

Milan were originally leading the race to sign Zirkzee this summer, having already agreed terms with the Dutch striker over a possible move to San Siro. However, Zirkzee now looks set to move to Old Trafford in the coming weeks, with United understood to have also agreed personal terms and agents fees over a proposed move.

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It is unclear whether or not United will look to trigger the €40 million release clause in his current deal or look to negotiate a separate transfer fee, given that Bologna would owe 50% of the release clause to former club Bayern Munich.

Whatever happens, it looks like United will have a clear run at the 23-year-old after Ibrahimovic, who is a senior advisor to AC Milan ownership and senior management, confirmed they were no longer pursuing a deal.

"It's over. Zirkzee is in the past, the former United forward said. "We have another name for the attack but I won't say it. Signings will arrive but there is no rush. I’m not disappointed by his agent Kia. The truth is different, the reality is different. We’ve our plan for the new striker and we hope to make it happen as soon as possible.”

Zirkzee could become the first signing of the summer transfer window, while United are also working on a deal to sign Matthijs De Ligt from Bayern Munich. It seems unlikely a deal for either would be formally announced until next week at the earliest, given their involvement in the European Championship with The Netherlands.

The Netherlands face England in their semi-final on Wednesday night and will either play a third-placed play-off on Saturday or the final on Sunday.

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