The 34-year-old becomes a free agent this month after four years with Paris Saint-Germain, a spell which yielded four Ligue 1 titles, but he is believed to be holding out until the end of his contract to become eligible for a £1m loyalty bonus.

Despite the suggestion that United have booked in a date for Ibrahimović’s medical to be completed once Sweden’s campaign at Euro 2016 comes to a close, reports in Germany have since claimed Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti is considering a coup.

The former AC Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss worked with Ibrahimović during their time together in Paris and is said to be keen to secure his services as fears grow that Robert Lewandowski may move to Real Madrid this summer.

One feather in Bayern’s cap is undoubtedly the ability to offer the Swede the opportunity to play in the Champions League with United’s fifth-place finish last season consigning them to the Europa League.

The Daily Mirror reports that United remain positive about their chances of persuading Ibrahimović to reject Bayern’s advances, however, with both sides prepared to match the £200,000-a-week wages he received while in France.

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