Saturday 20 October 2018

Zlatan Ibrahimovic set to leave Manchester United this week as he prepares to join LA Galaxy - reports

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on his way to LA Galaxy
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on his way to LA Galaxy
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to leave Manchester United and sign for Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy in the coming days, according to reports in America.

After Independent.ie revealed last month that Galaxy were close to agreeing a deal to bring Ibrahimovic to California and United boss Jose Mouinho confirmed his striker would be allowed to leave the club before his contract expires at the end of this Premier League season, the deal now looks set to be rubber stamped.

Now ESPN are reporting that Galaxy are preparing to confirm the arrival of Ibrahimovic imminently, with the Swedish striker set to fly to America for the final most of his trophy laden career.

Initial rumours suggesting Galaxy were ready to announce the arrival of Ibrahimovic emerged on Tuesday, with the latest burst of stories suggesting the player has played his final game for United.

Ibrahimovic made a surprisingly quick return from a serious knee injury last November, but he struggled to make the kind of impact he would have been hoping for in Mourinho's first team.

"This season is really difficult for him – he’s not injured," confirmed the United boss when asked about Ibrahimovic earlier this month. "Does he feel totally happy, ready and convinced he’s in condition to help the team? No. But he’s such an honest guy and such a champion he only wants to be back with that feeling of: ‘I’m totally ready for it.’

"He has earned the right of choosing his life, his future – he is such an amazing player and had such an amazing career that only that awful injury in the wrong moment broke a fantastic couple of seasons he could and should have with us.

"So he’s working hard and hopefully his evolution brings him to that level – he wants to have a positive answer."

It appears the next time we see Ibrahimovic on a football field, he will be sporting the colours once worn by Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard, with Los Angeles awaiting the arrival of a huge sporting ego who will doubtless embrace the Hollywood lifetsyle.

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