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Transfer Rumors: Zlatan Ibrahimovic To LA Galaxy?

TOPSHOT - Manchester United's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates with the trophy on the pitch after their victory in the English League Cup final football match between Manchester United and Southampton at Wembley stadium in north London on February 26, 2017. Zlatan Ibrahimovic sealed the first major silverware of Jose Mourinho's Manchester United reign and broke Southampton's hearts as the Swedish star's late goal clinched a dramatic 3-2 victory in Sunday's League Cup final. / AFP / Ian KINGTON / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Transfer Rumors: Zlatan Ibrahimovic To LA Galaxy?

An important question that must be asked to the great creature that is known to all as Zlatan Ibrahimovic is this: “What do you know about Major League Soccer, creature?” And on cue, Zlatan will tell you everything you need to know about Major League Soccer because he does his research, he watches the games, he knows who the big teams are…Mainly it’s because #ZlatanKnows.

The LA Galaxy, who are beginning a year of transition under Curt Onalfo, have been forced to kept mum on a possible move for the king of Swedish football to inject some life, some production, some swagger and personality to the Galaxy by joining the club on a free transfer and in essence become another Designated Player, one that will be sure to delight fans who watched the man showcase his ability at Barcelona, Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, and most recently, Manchester United.

You can’t spell Zlatan without LA, and with Zlatan Ibrahimovic potentially joining the Galaxy in the summer, it will most likely be the final destination in a long and storied career. Age is just a number. Ibrahimovic’s finishing form has made him a hero at the clubs he’s played for, with PSG being the biggest of the beneficiaries. His height, reach and extension allows him to naturally get a nose for goal. And his character and charisma, when worked with very well, will rub off in the locker room and make him an instant favorite among the fans.

Grant Wahl of SI.com writes…

Ibrahimovic is 35 years old, but he has been fantastic for Manchester United this season, scoring 26 goals in all competitions. Ibrahimovic’s United contract runs out at the end of this season, so it would be a free transfer, but there’s a possibility he could extend for up to two more seasons with the club.

Watching Manchester United get into a bidding war with LA over Ibrahimovic would be fascinating, and sources say that LA thinks it has a realistic shot of landing him. LA did have discussions with Ibrahimovic last year before he ended up signing with the United, and his manager, Jose Mourinho, is on record recently saying that he sees Ibrahimovic, who scored the winning goals in the Community Shield and League Cup final, remaining at Old Trafford.

In terms of MLS roster logistics, the Galaxy currently have their three allotted Designated Player places occupied by Giovani Dos Santos, Jelle Van Damme and winter signing Romain Alessandrini. LA could buy down the budget charge of one of the three using Targeted Allocation Money, though, which would pave the way to clear a DP place for Ibrahimovic.

Most likely either Jelle Van Damme or Romain Alessandrini will be the one that gets the dosage of TAM, allowing Ibra to earn his spot. The Galaxy, in the meantime, will do themselves very well by getting on form in time for Zlatan’s imminent arrival. Hey, Hollywood does red carpet treatments in their sleep and in the case of Man United’s current top goalscorer, this is pretty much straightforward like a shooting star. When it comes to Los Angeles and its appreciation for soccer, #ZlatanKnows, and if all goes well it won’t be too long before it’s finally #zLAtanTime in the City of Angels.

 

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Jo-Ryan Salazar is a writer for The Stoppage Time, a soccer blog powered by Azteca Soccer. A supporter of the Los Angeles Galaxy since 1996 and a committed supporter since 2002, Jo-Ryan also follows Chelsea FC, Melbourne Victory, FC Tokyo and Paris Saint-Germain. Apart from soccer, Jo-Ryan is an administrative assistant for a local nonprofit in Long Beach, California and also does photography, photo-editing and fictional writing.

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