Zlatan Ibrahimovic named in Sweden’s initial Rio 2016 squad

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be making an appearances at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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On Wednesday it was announced that Ibrahimovic, 34, was among a 35-man preliminary roster for Sweden’s Olympic soccer team.

The captain and talisman of the Swedish national team is currently playing at EURO 2016 in France where the tournament ends on July 10.

Before you get too excited about the prospect of Zlatan climbing onto the podium this summer, according to the BBC and Reuters there’s only a small chance he will actually play in the Olympics.

Sweden coach Hakan Ericson said on Wednesday:

“Zlatan has said that he is willing to wait until after the Euros [to decide]. I want to keep open the tiniest gap that might exist, because it would be fantastic to bring Zlatan.”

Sweden will name its final 18-man squad for Rio 2016 next month and the main issue here is Zlatan’s club team being okay with him not being available in early August.

On Tuesday it was widely reported, once again, that Ibrahimovic has agreed to sign a deal with Manchester United when he becomes a free agent on July 1 after deciding not to sign a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain. He has spent the last four seasons at PSG, scoring 156 goals in 180 games and winning four-straight Ligue 1 titles but he is ready for the next challenge.

Zlatan is Sweden’s all-time leading scorer with 62 goals in 114 outings and in the past he has spoken about his desire to potentially be a part of the Swedish team this summer as the last time they qualified for the Olympics was 1992. Sweden face Colombia, Nigeria and Japan in Brazil this summer.

The Olympic soccer tournament takes place from Aug. 3-20 with the Premier League season kicking off on Aug. 13, so that would mean Zlatan missing the opening few weeks of the season if he was to complete his much talked about move to Manchester United.

It would mean Zlatan would miss most of United’s preseason tour of China and the FA Community Shield at Wembley Stadium on Aug. 7.