The group sidestepped questions on potential negotiations, saying solely that “the LA Galaxy are all the time in search of gamers who can enhance the group.” Nevertheless, quite a few tales out of England say Ibrahimovic, who’s rehabbing a season-ending knee damage in Manchester, is near accepting a suggestion from the Galaxy that one report stated is value greater than $7.7 million.
The Galaxy stated through the winter that they have been getting ready a report-breaking supply for an enormous-identify participant they declined to call, and have held open a delegated-play roster spot to suit a profitable deal underneath the MLS wage cap.
Orlando Metropolis’s Kaka, with a assured wage of $7.168 million, is at present the very best-paid participant in league historical past.
Ibrahimovic and his Italian-born agent, Mino Raiola, met Wednesday for a 4-hour dinner at Tattu, a restaurant in Manchester’s metropolis middle, after which the participant advised photographers to anticipate a “big announcement quickly” relating to his enjoying future.
The Galaxy’s curiosity in Ibrahimovic first surfaced final summer time when his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expired. However the participant as an alternative jumped on a free switch to Manchester United, the place he was united with former coach Jose Mourinho.
And Ibrahimovic had a stellar season, scoring 28 objectives in forty six video games earlier than rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in a Europa League quarterfinal in April. Preliminary studies stated Ibrahimovic can be sidelined till January, which is when MLS preseason coaching camps open. However there are indications his restoration could possibly be forward of schedule and he could also be prepared in time for the MLS playoffs.
There are different the reason why the timing for a Galaxy-Ibrahimovic deal could also be proper this time. Manchester United launched Ibrahimovic final month, which means the Galaxy gained’t should pay a switch payment to signal him. Then the English Premier League membership spent almost $one hundred million earlier this month to exchange Ibrahimovic with former Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, going as far as to provide Lakaku the No. 9 jersey that had belonged to Ibrahimovic.
And with Ibrahimovic coming off main knee damage and turning 36 in October, curiosity in him has waned outdoors Manchester as nicely. He has been rehabbing at Manchester United’s Carrington coaching floor, which has led to rumors that he might return to the membership. However privately, individuals across the staff consider that’s unlikely, pointing to Ibrahimovic’s age and his declining play over the second half of final season.
For the Galaxy, signing Ibrahimovic now might additionally assist counter the curiosity deep-pocketed enlargement membership LAFC is for certain to generate when it enters MLS subsequent season, enjoying it a state-of-the-artwork stadium in Exposition Park. Along with what he brings on the sector — the place he has scored no less than 30 objectives 5 occasions within the final six seasons in all competitions — Ibrahimovic’s outsized ego and outspoken character will draw consideration off the sector as nicely.
In a preseason survey of MLS participant, ESPNfc stated 22% of the one hundred forty respondents stated the overseas participant they most needed to hitch the league was Ibrahimovic, who outpolled Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Javier Hernandez.
“Ibrahimovic can be nice leisure,” one participant stated. “He’d be on SportsCenter virtually day by day.”
However there are dangers for the Galaxy. Not solely can be they investing a document sum in a participant coming off of a serious damage, however they’d even be getting somebody who can be 36 earlier than he can be wholesome sufficient to play. And the Galaxy are nonetheless smarting from the signing of a 35-yr-previous Steven Gerrard two years in the past.