Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a well-known transfer target for the LA Galaxy and numerous reports are pointing to him joining the MLS in the summer. A record-breaking salary is being rumored to entice the 35-year-old, but contract negotiations with his current team are also ongoing.
Ibrahimovic spoke about his talks about a new deal and what it would take for him to extend his stay at Old Trafford according to James Ducker of The Telegraph:
“I’m 35,” Ibrahimovic said. “A lot of things have to be settled. It’s not like I’m 20 and I have another five or 10 years. Probably I have one, two, three years so everything depends on what you want and what the club wants, what the vision of the club is because I said from day one I didn’t come here to waste time, I came here to win. If you want to win bigger then you have to create bigger.
Last season, he was linked to Los Angeles when he was a free agent, but instead he opted to sign with Manchester United and explained why. Moreover, he is still open to re-signing with the Red Devils:
“Listen, if I had something to say I would already have said it. We are talking. Whether we were far from each other or close to each other, there is no news. There are still talks and let;s see what will happen. I am open. Nothing is done yet. I came here without the Champions League. I came here with the team as it was. It was not a team that was favourite to win. I still came. I came to help. I came to do what I am able to do. To make it better. To bring the team to higher views so let’s see what happens.”
The ambitious goalscorer has been superb in his first season in the Premier League scoring 16 goals and helping the mighty Reds hoist the English League Cup. He has notched 27 goals in all competitions donning the Manchester United shirt and could stay longer if they win more silverware.
Although his comments sound like he is holding the club hostage, the reality is that Ibrahimovic holds all the leverage because he will able to sign anywhere he wants in the summer. Wherever he ultimately decides to play, Ibrahimovic will do what he does best — score goals.