Zlatan Ibrahimovic has already agreed to join Manchester United this summer, Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri has told talkSPORT.
The Swedish striker’s next club has been a hot topic for months after he admitted earlier this year that he will leave Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent in the summer transfer window.
United were always thought to be leading the chase for the 34-year-old, but Ibrahimovic has remained coy on his next club.
The forward has teased journalists for weeks, and refused to comment on the Old Trafford links when quizzed at a recent press conference.
But Palmeri insists the Red Devils have all-but wrapped up the deal, with Ibrahimovic signing a pre-contract agreement back in June.
“He’s signed for Manchester United,” the top Italian journalist said, speaking on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show.
“He signed an agreement in early June. It was sent to him at the pre-Euro 2016 training camp in Sweden, he signed it and sent it back.
“It’s the pre-agreement to prepare for the move. That’s just how things work in football, it was the same with Mourinho and Manchester United.”
The strong ties to United over the past few months haven’t stopped speculation over other possible destinations, with the likes of Bayern Munich, AC Milan and a number of MLS clubs also linked with moves for the Swede.
But Palmeri insists the pre-contract agreement Ibrahimovic has signed means he will almost certainly be at Old Trafford next season.
The Italian: “As far as I know, the fee for breaking the pre-agreement is so high that nobody ever does.”