Zlatan linked with MLS switch
MLS side LA Galaxy are reportedly prepared to make Zlatan Ibrahimovic the highest paid player in the history of the American top flight, should he opt to make the move to Los Angeles this summer. The Swedish legend joined Manchester United last summer on a one-year deal though they have an option to extend his contract for another season. Ibrahimovic however is yet to confirm if he will stay for a further year, though United are desperate to retain his services.
The 35-year-old has scored 26 goals in total for United this season and has established himself as a key figure in Jose Mourinho's side despite his advancing years. Given the impact he has had on the Old Trafford club, it is little wonder that they are so keen to keep hold of him though the LA Galaxy link seems genuine. Since Steven Gerrard's retirement, they have been without a globally renowned star and they want Ibrahimovic to be their latest marquee signing. Having previously played for the likes of Milan, Barcelona and PSG, there is little doubt in Ibrahimovic's status as one of the games most recognisable figures and along with the huge marketing capacity, he has shown this season that he certainly still knows where the back of the net is.
The American club were interested in signing him last summer but the veteran striker instead opted for the challenge of going to the Premier League. However one year on, could he now be more open to a switch across the pond? Well Ladbrokes certainly seem to think that this move could well be on and they have slashed the odds on the transfer happening this summer to just 7/4.
Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he would like Ibrahimovic to stay for another year and in contrast to Ladbrokes short odds on him moving, Skybet seem pretty certain he will still be at Old Trafford beyond the end of the summer transfer window. They offer him at just 1/10 to still be with United come September whilst offering a move to any MLS club at 10/1. There clearly is a great disparity in the opinion between the two bookmakers given Ibrahimovic's silence on the matter.
Some have suggested that Ibrahimovic's decision to stay at Old Trafford could be influenced by the club's ability to secure Champions League football for next season. United are in a real fight to finish in the top four with Liverpool and Arsenal, though could yet qualify if they win the Europa League. The player however has said that is not the case and has remained coy on what his future has in-store.