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Manchester United transfer rumour: LA Galaxy interest in Zlatan Ibrahimovic finds new hope

3.13K   //    05 Nov 2016, 16:15 IST
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a point to prove if he has to continue in the Premier League

LA Galaxy has restarted their pursuit of signing Swede star Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Ibrahimovic was close to signing for the Major League Soccer side this summer but a move to the United States of America was hijacked by English giants Manchester United. After following former coach Jose Mourinho to the Premier League, Ibrahimovic made an instant impact at United but has recently looked like a ghost of himself causing stress to the club and the manager.

Furthermore, his contract at Old Trafford expires next summer and LA Galaxy are once again hopeful of cashing in on the player.

According to the Daily Mirror, United have taken a number of calls from clubs around the world including LA Galaxy enquiring about Ibrahimovic. Although, Manchester United have an option of extending Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract further by 12 months. But the legend has been quite morose with a dip in form and confidence in front of goal. After scoring five goals in his first five games for the club, Ibrahimovic has been goalless for seven games in a row which has left fans and the management to assess their growing dilemma. 

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Last few years there has been a rising trend of star European footballers moving to MLS before retirement. The 35-year-old thus fits the bill and despite the age, his physicality shows no signs of him slowing down. However, there is another twist to the transfer that is much anticipated.

Earlier, LA Galaxy kept no secret of their ambitions to sign Wayne Rooney who they supposed would follow in the legacy of England captains moving to the States. In response, Wayne Rooney also did not deny any possibility of him moving to an MLS club in the future. But it becomes interesting since according to the rules of MLS, a club is only allowed to have three players outside the fair wages bracket and the retirement of Steven Gerrard leaves only one spot vacant. 

Rooney and Ibrahimovic are presently competing for the same spot at Manchester United. Both the marquee players nearly have the same £300,000-a-week wages, however, Rooney has another two years to his contract which gives LA Galaxy another reason to hope for a deal-breaker from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Also, Galaxy are trying to change their policy on signing ageing players but Ibrahimovic rather than Rooney would be an exception since his superstar status would make him a big attraction.

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