According to reports this morning, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is ready to end his time at Manchester United and move to the States to join LA Galaxy.
Zlatan’s last game for United was on Boxing Day at the end of last year, when he was substituted at half time against Burnley.
The club are set to terminate the Swede’s contract before he jets off to LA to sign for the Galaxy.
Personally, I think this transfer is good news for MLS and the ideal move for Zlatan at this stage of his decorated career.
He doesn’t have it in him to play in one of the top leagues in Europe after the terrible injury he suffered against Anderlecht in the Europa League last season. However, he still has a lot to offer LA Galaxy, or any other club in MLS.
The Galaxy were extremely poor last season, and fans seemed to lose interest. The addition of LAFC could have also had a negative impact on the club going into the 2018 season.
The introduction of ‘Ibra’ will hugely benefit the club both on and off the pitch. He is a player that will dramatically increase shirt sales, and fans will turn out in their droves to see him do his thing.
He will also bring much needed interest on a team that failed so miserably last year.
As a league, MLS has managed to begin shifting the ‘retirement league’ tag by bringing in many young designated players, specifically from the South America region. I don’t think it’s an issue to sign an old star as long as they add something to the league, look at David Villa as an example.
Zlatan will provide goals, he has made a living and won trophies by doing just that his whole career. Just by signing the contract, he will become one of the best forwards in North America.
I am excited by this transfer.