Los Angeles Galaxy MLS season ended in disappointment. The team ended up finishing seventh in the Western Conference and missed the playoffs – but even before that, speculation raged over Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future.
The 37-year-old scored 22 goals and made 10 assists in 27 matches during the year and was named New Player of the Year award when the season ended. The Galaxy announced in early November that Ibrahimovi was on the list of players they wanted to keep until 2019, but at the same time, American information spoke of a list of demands from Zlatan to choose to stay.
The team currently does not have a head coach, and in addition, according to information in the United States, the Swede wants to become a so-called “specific player”. Each MLS team may have three specific players not included in the league’s salary cap, and thus can earn much better than all the other players.
Gave the green light according to Italian media
The prime alternative for another year in the Major League Soccer has always been a return to Milan and Italy, Italian media has reported eagerly in recent weeks. About two weeks ago, La Gazzetta Dello Sport reported that Zlatan had “given the green light” to return to Milan.
A few days later, journalist Carlo Pelligatti, who revealed Ibrahimovic was ready for Milan when he joined on loan from Barcelona in 2010, wrote that the Swede had already agreed with the club on a 1.5-year contract.
However, the news was not confirmed from anywhere.
Moving to Milan ‘highly unlikely’
But according to information by SportExpressen, a move to Milan, which along with two other European clubs has shown a tangible interest in the striker before the January window, is actually “extremely unlikely”.
The reasons for this are numerous. One of the main reasons is that Helena Seger, Zlatan’s wife, and the couple’s two sons, Maximilian and Vincent, found themselves so well placed in Los Angeles that the striker withdrew in order to return across the Atlantic, even in a short time. Instead, almost everything at the moment indicates that it will remain in the United States.
Zlatan himself spoke to Viasat last night towards Sunday when he sat in the crowd during the boxing match between Tyson Fury and Dontai Wilder. When asked if he also intends to be present when Alex “The Mauler” Gustafsson and Ilir Latifi go to the matches in Las Vegas on December 29, he replied like this.
– I hope that. Hope I’m still in Los Angeles. He tells Viasat: “If I stay here, I am of course there and support the Swedes.”
Already on Sunday, December 9, the star’s future can be decided.
Then the MLS Transfer window opens for four hours. From 15:00 to 19:00, the team is allowed to register new players and make changes with each other, so the Galaxy can open one of Ibrahimovic’s “designated player” spots, in this case most likely by replacing striker Roman Alessandrini or Giovanni dos Santos .
SportExpressen searched for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola to no avail.