Zlatan Ibrahimovic is enjoying a wonderful first season at Manchester United. The mercurial Swede has been far and away United’s main scoring threat, once again establishing a fantastic, silverware winning chemistry with manager Jose Mourinho.
The boss wants the larger than life Swedish striker to stay at the club throughout next season (2017-18) but Ibrahimovic has yet to sign an extension. Having signed on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, the future of Ibrahimovic, with any club, is still up in the air.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be offered a £5 million-a-season deal to become the face of new expansion American Major League Soccer franchise Los Angeles FC. It will include the option of an immediate loan back to Manchester United next season, according to the Daily Mail.
LAFC will allow him to play the first half of another European season on loan.
They will have competition though, from the other MLS club in town, as LA Galaxy will offer more him more than the £11 million-a-year he’s currently making in Manchester, the Telegraph reported about a month ago.
The publication states that: “multiple sources in the United States are confirming the rival move for the striker.
“LA want to make Ibrahimovic the highest paid player in MLS history. LA have tried previously to lure Ibrahimovic. Talks were held with the player prior to him joining United but he was eager to fulfill his ambition to parade his skill in England…”
At 35-years-old, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been in the form of his life this season, and thus aging like a fine wine.
A move like this does seem like it could be in his future, but one would fathom it’s still a year or two away, and not this summer. Ibrahimovic himself has said that he would conquer in England in three months, and then referenced Napoleon Bonaparte in regards to “conquering Europe.”
“It’s a huge option for me,” Ibrahimovic said. “For the football and everything else. I can see myself conquering the U.S. as I have with Europe.”
“Lots of people stay in one place throughout their career, but I’ve travelled around like Napoleon, and conquered every new country where I’ve sat foot. So perhaps I should do what Napoleon didn’t and cross the Atlantic and conquer the States as well.”
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