Tuesday 24 April 2018

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reported to have taken a huge pay cut to join LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic
LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is believed to have taken a 95 per-cent pay cut to seal a move to LA Galaxy, with reports in America suggesting he will be paid €1.2m-a-year to play in Major League Soccer.

Manchester United gave Ibrahimovic permission to terminate his £350,000-a-week contract early to allow him to seal a move to the Californian club, where he will follow in the footsteps of David Beckham, Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard by becoming a star name at Galaxy.

That means Ibrahimovic could be taking a pay-cut of up to 95 per-cent to move to America, with commercial deals around his move to Galaxy likely to be boost his salary considerably.

Sports Illustrated have reported that Ibrahimovic will not be one of the Galaxy's designated players, with the three slots available for marquee names already taken by Frenchman Romain Alessandrini, former Tottenham star Giovani dos Santos and his brother Jonathan dos Santos.

MLS rules state that clubs have to stay within a controlled budget for all players not on their designated list, with Giovani Dos Santos confirmed as LA Galaxy's highest paid player in 2017 as he earned $3.75m.

Former Arsenal, Chelsea and England midfielder earned a basic salary of $350,000 last year, as confirmed by the official MLS wages list and while Ibrahimovic is earning more following his high-profile arrival in America, the figures suggest he is will have to accept a position as one of the lesser paid players at his latest club.

Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic's doctor has claimed he decided to leave United before the end of this season once they had been eliminated from the Champions League.

Success in Europe's most prestigious competition is the one glaring void on Ibrahimovic's CV and Dr Freddie Fu Ho-keung told the South China Morning Post that the Swedish striker was keen to move on once hopes of European success were ended by United's defeat against Sevilla earlier this month.

"He liked Manchester United, he's a hero before the injury," said the doctor who helped Ibrahimovic recover from the knee ligament injury he suffered last April. "His idea was to see if we can go back and win more titles, especially the Champions League.

"After United lost to Sevilla, I think his decision, in my opinion, was that maybe that was it. This is my feeling. United won't be able to catch up with Manchester City in the Premier League either.

"Maybe they can win the FA Cup which is good but not as good as the Champions League. He did everything else pretty much, won every major thing. Unfortunately, they lost to Sevilla."

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