He’s been linked to MLS for years and specifically the LA Galaxy since early 2016. Now, it appears that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will finally be making his move stateside to join the Galaxy for the 2018 season.
Spanish outlet Marca, claim Ibrahimovic agreed to a deal with the club in March, subject to him being released by Manchester United. The outlet also says it was a mutually agreed deal between both clubs and the striker.
The move would be great for the Galaxy and MLS as a marquee signing such as Ibrahimovic (even at 35) would be sure to draw crowds. Zlatan also has a straight-forward, humorous, and large ego that would definitely make headlines throughout the season. The added exposure for the league could only do wonders. Along with this, Zlatan would join on a free transfer saving money for both the Galaxy and MLS.
That said, ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle tweeted this after the report came out:
Twitter: Club source tells me report that Zlatan is headed to #lagalaxy is “inaccurate” and that at present, Ibra isn’t a player they’re pursuing. (@JeffreyCarlisle)
Ibrahimovic has been out since April after tearing his ACL in a European match. It is said a full recovery for the forward should happen around January, meaning he wouldn’t miss any time if he joined MLS. However, he would miss nearly half a season by joining a European club.
Zlatan scored 28 goals in 46 matches for Manchester United this season so one could only imagine how much he could tally in MLS.