Manchester United do not have an agreement in place to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic, sources close to the player have told Sky Sports News HQ.
But it is understood he is a player United would be interested in as they eye a new centre-forward this summer.
Reports across both English and European newspapers have claimed that the Sweden international is close to joining United on a free transfer, with his Paris Saint-Germain contract due to expire next month.
Ibrahimovic and incoming United manager Jose Mourinho clashed at times when they worked together at Inter Milan between 2008 and 2009, with Ibrahimovic firing in 25 goals as Inter won the Serie A title, but they subsequently formed a strong bond.
And Ibrahimovic has previously indicated a willingness to move to Old Trafford if Louis van Gaal was no longer at the club, according to Sky sources.
Ray Wilkins told Sky Sports News HQ on Tuesday that Ibrahimovic would be a superb signing for United.
"He is Cantona-esque coming into Old Trafford," Wilkins said. "This guy would be a marquee signing and you haven't got to pay any money for him, only his wages.
"United need characters, charisma back at the club and he would give them that. It would probably only be a one-year contract, but it's well worth the gamble."
Ibrahimovic, a vastly experienced centre-forward with titles in Italy, Spain and France, scored 156 goals in 180 appearances during his four-year spell at PSG.
The 34-year-old is understood to be of interest to a host of clubs across Europe, including in the Premier League, after confirming his intention to play on when he leaves PSG.