Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played has performed his last game for Manchester United ahead of a move to MLS, with sources telling ESPN FC the Swedish striker has signed a 2 year contract with the LA Galaxy.
The Premier League club confirmed on Thursday they had agreed to immediately terminate Ibrahimovic’s contract, which had been set to expire in June.
L.A. Galaxy will pay Ibrahimovic $three million total using targeted allocation money, sources confirmed. The 36-year-old will not be a designated player, with LA already using its three allotted slots for highly paid players on Giovani dos Santos, Jonathan dos Santos and Romain Alessandrini.
The deal is expected to be announced by the end of the week, sources said. He could conceivably make his appearance on March 31 in his new club’s first-ever game against MLS expansion team LAFC, the Galaxy’s new local rivals.
Ibrahimovic, who joined United from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in 2016, has not played since aggravating a knee injury against Burnley on Dec. 26.
And with less than four months remaining on his Old Trafford contract, United manager Jose Mourinho has allowed Ibrahimovic to leave now in order to move to MLS.
The deal ends nearly 2years of discussions between MLS and Ibrahimovic’s representatives to bring him to North America. Talks began in MAY2016, before the Swede opted to join United.
Ibrahimovic scored 29 goals in 53 appearances for United, including 2 in the EFL Cup final win against Southampton last season.
However, United’s £90 million purchase of Romelu Lukaku last summer pushed Ibrahimovic to the sidelines at Old Trafford, and though he is now set to call time on his Premier League career, he is determined to continue his career after returning from a serious knee injury at United earlier this season.
Despite ending his international career for Sweden in 2016, Ibrahimovic said earlier this month that he has not ruled out returning to play at the World Cup in Russia this summer.
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