The MLS has been behind the signature of Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the past few years with the talented Swede opting to go elsewhere. Most notably, the LA Galaxy attempted to sign Ibrahimovic when his contract ended with Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.
Instead, the 35-year-old opted to sign with Premier League powerhouse Manchester United with his former manager Jose Mourinho. The former Sweden international had a marvelous first season with the Red Devils, notching 28 goals in all competitions and helping them to win the Community Shield and English League Cup.
Unfortunately, a knee injury cut his season short and he missed his team’s Europa League conquest. In addition, his contract was not renewed by Manchester, making him a free agent and opening the door for a possible Galaxy move. While ongoing negotiations continued between Los Angeles and Ibrahimovic, Uche Amako of Express shares the towering striker has rejected the team’s offer:
But Italian outlet Calciomercato say Ibrahimovic has turned down a £6.5m contract from LA Galaxy because he want to play for United again.
This would be a massive blow to the five-time MLS Cup champions because they were the heavy favorites to sign Ibrahimovic. His injury will keep him out until the Spring which coincides with the start of the next MLS campaign and they were prepared to make him the highest paid player in the league.
At the same time, it makes sense for Ibrahimovic to stay with Manchester United at least one more year because he was instrumental to their success. Moreover, the Old Trafford tenants are back in the Champions League which is a trophy that has eluded Ibrahimovic throughout his career.
Meanwhile, for Los Angeles, they will be left searching for other striking options as they have until the end of July to secure another signing that could help them make a final playoff push. They are currently below the playoff threshold and will need to string together consecutive positive results moving forward.