Zlatan Ibrahimovic responds to Manchester United beating AC Milan to Joshua Zirkzee transfer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed that AC Milan are out of the running to sign Joshua Zirkzee ahead of Manchester United.

The Serie A club had held extensive talks to sign Zirkzee, who has a €40 million (£33.7m) release clause in his contract with Bologna, and it’s understood that they had agreed personal terms with the striker last month.

However, reports in Italy claimed that the deal was being held up over AC Milan’s refusal to pay an additional €15 million (£12.6m) in commission to Zirkzee’s representative Kia Joorabchian.

That delay has allowed United to make their move and after being convinced during direct talks with Erik ten Hag, Zirkzee is now set to join the Premier League side, who have informed Bologna that they are ready to trigger his release clause.

Zirkzee is in the past. We have one in mind, but I will not say the name. There is someone we are aiming for.

‘To sign players you also have to create space. We don’t want to have a squad of 30 players, but 23. The new signings will arrive, but we also have to create space so as not to have too many players who are not functional to the coach.

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