ESPN pundit Taylor Twellman has claimed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not sign for MLS side LA Galaxy next season.
Ibrahimovic will leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer and LA Galaxy, along with Manchester United, are said to be among a number of teams interested in his signature.
But LA Galaxy would have to let go of one of Giovani dos Santos, Steven Gerrard or Robbie Keane if they were to sign Ibrahimovic due to the MLS’s designated player rule, which allows each franchise to sign three players that would be considered outside of the team’s salary cap. Twellman suggested the rule means that LA Galaxy are out of the running for Ibrahimovic’s signature.
“From what I’ve gathered over the last 48 hours is that if [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic is playing in Major League Soccer in 2016, it will not be in an LA Galaxy uniform,” he said.
“They’ve already got three designated players, the league will not change that rule midseason.”
Ibrahimovic, 34, is entering the twilight of his career but United could do worse than bring him in.
The Swede has scored 49 goals for club and country this season and he would undoubtedly bring an ‘arrogance factor’ back to Old Trafford, particularly if coupled with the rumoured arrival of Jose Mourinho.
There will be a number of teams in for him but United would be wise to make sure they are right up there.