Saturday 23 March 2019

Zlatan's off to Galaxy

Ibrahimovic to finish career in Los Angeles

Stateside: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to leave Manchester United for a move to LA Galaxy
Stateside: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to leave Manchester United for a move to LA Galaxy

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is poised to leave Manchester United and appears destined for a move to the Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer.

The Swede was released last summer after a fine first season at Old Trafford ended in a serious knee injury but after getting himself fit again, he was rewarded with a contract until the end of the 2017-18 season in August last year.

However, the 36-year-old is now set to leave United amid speculation over a move to the Galaxy, whose interest in the player has been well-documented.

Ibrahimovic has managed just seven appearances this season, making his comeback in November after recovering from surgery to repair his ruptured cruciate ligament.

His last game was on St Stephen's Day, when he was substituted at half-time of the 2-2 draw at home to Burnley, and although earlier this month he said he was targeting the Champions League last-16 second leg tie with Sevilla he did not make the matchday 18.

The arrival of Alexis Sanchez in January and the form of Romelu Lukaku have made it even less likely for Ibrahimovic to regain his place and with question marks over his fitness and his contract ticking down, the time appears right for a move.

Manager Jose Mourinho began to pave the way for an exit when he said in January he would not stand in the former Sweden international's way if he wanted to leave Old Trafford.

Earlier this month the United boss admitted he expected the striker to leave at the end of the season.

Ibrahimovic, who scored 29 goals in 53 matches for United, would be the latest big-name signing for the Galaxy following the likes of former United and Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham and ex-Ireland captain Robbie Keane.

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