Los Angeles, CA (March 22nd, 2018) – International football superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic has reportedly signed with the LA Galaxy.
The 36-year-old striker is currently under contract with Manchester United but has not played for the Premier League side since December 26th, 2017. He sustained a knee injury in the final match of the UEFA Europa tournament almost a year ago.
Report: LA Galaxy Sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic
United’s purchase of Romelu Lukaku last summer filled the hole Ibrahimovic left with his injury. The recent signing of Alexis Sanchez has limited Ibrahimovic’s ability to find playing time. The Swede appeared in 53 matches for United and scored 29 goals for the club. An ESPN FC report states that Manager Jose Mourinho is allowing the striker to leave for LA with four months left on his United contract.
The Galaxy have expressed interest in Ibrahimovic in the past. The striker was reported to be considering an offer from the Galaxy earlier in the month. Despite the bad knees, Ibrahimovic is determined to continue his footballing career. If confirmed, the LA Galaxy would join a resume that already includes AC Milan, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan, and Ajax.
Additionally, the playing time may allow Ibrahimovic to continue his international career. Earlier this month, according to ESPN FC, the Swedish international had not ruled out the possibility of representing Sweden at the World Cup in Russia. Although he ‘retired’ from international football after Euro 2016, he stated that the “door isn’t closed for anything.”
Although early in the season, the LA Galaxy are currently sitting in 9th place in the Western Conference. They won their season opener at home 2-1 but lost to NYCFC in their next game. If Ibrahimovic can recover from his injuries, he could be a very dangerous asset to the Galaxy. However, the recent veteran signings the Galaxy have made – Jermaine Jones and Steven Gerrard come to mind – have not necessarily translated into wins.