Manchester United are preparing for the Wednesday match against Tottenham Hotspur, but on Monday the biggest story was that of Zlatan Ibrahimovic possibly leaving the club. Reports have been linking the former Swedish international with the move to MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy.
The American club are interested in signing another big star from European football after a horrible season they endured in 2017. LA Galaxy finished their last campaign at the bottom of both Western Conference and overall standings in the Supporters’ Shield. Their season saw only eight wins in 34 matches, collecting a mere 32 points in the process.
LA Galaxy Want To Forget 2017
They were 14 points away from the sixth place in the West which would see them reach play-offs, but the West Coast franchise will their best to return to where they belong. LA Galaxy are the most decorated MLS team and they want to return to the big stage on North American football. For that, they could do with a certain star player and Zlatan Ibrahimovic seems to fit the bill.
After his ACL injury in 2017, Zlatan returned to full fitness in December, but has not looked the same. That is expected for a player of his age, as the Swede turned 36 just couple of months ago. Manchester United offered him new one-year contract back in summer of 2017 and as things have not turned out perfectly for either side, Ibrahimovic really could leave the club soon.
Jose Mourinho talked about the possibility of such thing, hinting at what may be ahead of us.
Mourinho Would Be Fine If Zlatan Left
“He told me nothing about it. The first time I read or heard something about that was from the media. He never mentioned that to me so I don’t know”, said Mourinho.
“Zlatan is in the last year of his contract. If that is true and Zlatan wants a future in another club in another country, we are here to help and to create conditions for that to happen, not to make his life difficult.”
Mourinho obviously thinks Ibrahimovic will not be able to help as much as they hoped last summer and in the case of LA Galaxy, the winter transfer window ending on 31 January will not hold the player back. The transfer window in MLS has already started and will not end until the end of April, even the season will be underway. Therefore, there will be no need to rush this, as the first round of MLS matches is in early March.
The Deal Makes Sense – Will It Happen Is The Real Question
Zlatan would join LA Galaxy as a Designated Player, meaning his salary would not be calculated towards Salary Cap. The Californian franchise would be able to spend plenty of money on Ibrahimovic, trying to get the most out of him and his marketing potential. David Beckham was the one that made LA Galaxy worldwide known and now Zlatan could become another former Man United player wearing their white shirt.
Also, the deal would make sense for United. They will not lose too much with Ibrahimovic’s earlier departure as he was not expected to stay beyond this season anyway. Zlatan would get a chance to try himself in the United States where his personality and character could really shine.