The future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been a talking point in world football for months now. The Swede has been consistently linked with big-money moves to Manchester United and AC Milan as his Paris Saint-Germain contract runs out, but one rumour has idled on the back burner through out: moving to the U.S. and joining up with an MLS club.
While we are still left in the dark about his next stop, one thing is clear, Ibra will no longer stay with PSG next season as he confirmed it with his latest tweet. The Swedish star said, “My last game tomorrow at Parc des Princes. I came like a king, left like a legend.”
My last game tomorrow at Parc des Princes. I came like a king, left like a legend pic.twitter.com/OpLL3wzKh0
— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) May 13, 2016
According to Sky Italia journalist Alessandro Alciato, it’s “90 percent” a done deal that Ibrahimovic is moving to MLS side LA Galaxy. The Andrea Pirlo and Carlo Ancelotti biographer tweeted in the early hours of Friday that Ibrahimovic’s most likely destination this summer is Los Angeles, in a deal to join the Galaxy.
How, exactly, the Galaxy would accommodate Ibrahimovic is yet unknown. Working within Major League Soccer’s salary cap, each club has three Designated Player roster slots, in which full salaries don’t count against the cap. At the moment, LA have Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane and Giovani Dos Santos occupying those slots, meaning one would need to make way to squeeze PSG’s talisman into Southern California.
Reports in France claimed earlier, the Sweden international is likely to join Beckham’s future MLS franchise in Miami after his current contract with PSG ends at the end of this campaign.
Ibrahimovic, who is playing for PSG since 2012 helping the club to win three back to back Ligue 1 titles, has also revealed his interest in MLS.
“I would like to play in US, absolutely,” Ibrahimovic told Yahoo Sports few months ago. “I think it would be an amazing experience.”
“I see that soccer is growing a lot in US I mean, I was here 10 years ago [and] soccer was not on the level that it is today, but it’s growing. I would like to play,’ he added. ‘Which team? Am I allowed to say that? No, I cannot say that.”
Interestingly Ibrahimovic, who has kissed silverwares in four different European leagues, has never played in England, but has frequently hinted his next stop could be the Premier League.