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Reports: Manchester United star set for MLS move

1.85K   //    31 Jan 2018, 13:56 IST

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What’s the story?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is close to joining LA Galaxy, according to ESPN Sources. The Swedish striker is in talks with the MLS side and will be moving to the United States soon, according to the report.

ESPN have also reported that Zlatan will be signed with the help of targeted allocation money. This means that he will not take up a designated player spot at the club.

The 36-year-old striker is currently at Manchester United but is free to hold talks with other clubs as his deal expires in 6 months. The former PSG star returned to action in December after suffering an ACL injury in April.

He has suffered a slight setback again and has been out of action since the end of 2017. He made 7 appearances for the Red Devils this season before his injury setback.

In case you didn’t know…

In December, MLS announced the implementation of Targeted Allocation Money (TAM). It is a strategic investment that provides every team with increased resources to add (or retain) players that will make an immediate impact on the field.

When the 2017 season got over, each club received an allotment of $1.2 million dollars of TAM. All 23 MLS teams will receive another $1.2 million of TAM per year in 2018 and 2019. 

So, a total of $3.6 million will be given to each club and they can decide if they want to spend it all at once or use is season-by-season. LA Galaxy are reportedly set to use this to sign Zlatan.

Rumour probability/rating: 8/10

Zlatan's move to MLS has been reported by all the major news outlets, and it could just be a matter of time before he moves there.


Author’s take

It's the best move for Zlatan right now, as he can continue playing in the top flight. He's not fit enough to play in the Premier League anymore as it is too physical and can cause a lot of damage to his knee.

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