Zlatan Ibrahimovic Rumoured to Be Leaving Manchester United for L.A. Galaxy

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2018

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Burnley at Old Trafford on December 26, 2017 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reportedly close to securing a move to Major League Soccer, and Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho is prepared to let him go.

According to Mark Ogden of ESPN FC, the 36-year-old has played his last game for United and could seal a move to the United States this week, with long-term suitors L.A. Galaxy leading the race to snap him up.

According to Kevin Baxter of the L.A. Times, he has already signed for the Galaxy:

The contract is worth $1.5 million per year through the end of the 2019 season, according to Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated. Wahl added the official announcement will come Friday with a full-page advertisement in the Los Angeles Times, and Ibrahimovic will arrive in California next Wednesday or Thursday.

Ibrahimovic might make his Galaxy debut by the end of March against LAFC, according to Ogden.

Swedish legend Ibrahimovic joined United for free in the summer of 2016 after finishing his contract with Paris Saint-Germain.

He was a crucial player for Mourinho last term as he netted 28 goals in 46 competitive appearances before suffering a severe cruciate ligament injury in the UEFA Europa League against Anderlecht last April.

The injury initially led United to not extend his one-year contract, but the Manchester club then re-signed him when it was clear he was set to recover quicker than expected, per the Guardian's Marcus Christenson.

Despite Ibrahimovic's availability, though, he has played only five times in the Premier League in 2017-18, totalling 103 minutes of match time.

His last appearance for the club was on Boxing Day.

Manchester United's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku (L) and Manchester United's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic attend a team training session at the club's training complex near Carrington, west of Manchester in north west England on March 12, 2018, on
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United signed Romelu Lukaku in the summer from Everton for £75 million, so it was always likely that Ibrahimovic would play a back-up role when he returned to action.

But since Alexis Sanchez joined from Arsenal in January and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have shown fine form in attack, the veteran forward has become surplus to requirements.

It looks like he will depart the club before playing again for United. Per Ogden, an official announcement on his future is expected before the end of the week.

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