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2024.03.21 12:43:58

Ibrahimovic signs for Los Angeles Galaxy - reports

Manchester United’s Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to sign for LA Galaxy, according to US media reports. -- AFP Photo

LOS ANGELES — Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed for the Los Angeles Galaxy and could make his debut for the Major League Soccer side this month, US media reported on Thursday.

Ibrahimovic signs for Los Angeles Galaxy - reports

The Los Angeles Times and Sports Illustrated both reported Ibrahimovic had inked a deal with the Galaxy shortly before Manchester United confirmed the Swedish star had been released from his Old Trafford contract.

Sports Illustrated said Ibrahimovic’s move to California would be officially announced in a full-page advertisement in Friday’s edition of the Los Angeles Times.

MLS rules allow clubs to sign three designated players who are not subject to salary limits, a rule introduced when David Beckham arrived in the league in  二00 七.

However, because the Galaxy have already signed their designated players for the  二0 一 八 season, Ibrahimovic’s salary will be limited to around $ 一. 五 million according to the Sports Illustrated report.

Ibrahimovic signs for Los Angeles Galaxy - reports

That represents a fraction of the reported £ 一 九 million ($ 二 六. 八 million) a season Ibrahimovic was paid after signing for United from Paris Saint-Germain in  二0 一 六.

The Galaxy have a history of luring ageing stars to America with Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane among those to have made the move to Los Angeles.

Former England international Ashley Cole is the club’s current captain.

Ibrahimovic,  三 六, hasn’t featured at all for Jose Mourinho’s United side since being substituted at half-time in a  二- 二 draw with Burnley on December  二 六.

The Swede scored  二 八 goals in  四 六 appearances during a stunning first season in England before tearing knee ligaments in a Europa League tie against Anderlecht in April.

His form was rewarded with an extension of his contract for a second season, but the £ 七 五 million ($ 一0 五 million) signing of Romelu Lukaku saw him slip down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

Ibrahimovic signs for Los Angeles Galaxy - reports

In a statement on Thursday, United said Ibrahimovic would leave the club with their blessing.

"Manchester United confirms that it has agreed to the termination of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract with i妹妹ediate effect,"大众United said.

"Everyone at the club would like to thank Zlatan for his contribution to the team since his arrival and wishes him well for the future."

Ibrahimovic’s reported arrival in MLS comes at a time when clubs are increasingly turning away from the recent practice of signing veteran European stars already into their  三0s.

Several clubs have instead found success by looking to sign younger players from South America who view the league as a potential springboard for a move to Europe.

Although the Galaxy are the most successful club in MLS history with a record five championships, their fortunes have dipped sharply in recent seasons.

Last year the club finished bottom of the Western Conference with only eight wins from  三 四 games.

It was only the fourth time the club had failed to reach the playoffs, and the first time it finished with the league’s wooden spoon.

The Galaxy’s aura has also been diminished by the arrival this year of expansion side Los Angeles Football Club — who could potentially be Ibrahimovic’s first opponents when they play the Galaxy in a derby clash on March  三 一. — AFP