Mino Raiola refuses to rule out MLS move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

by Leo Nieboer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s agent Mino Raiola has refused to rule out the prospect of his client joining LA Galaxy in March.

Several reports have claimed that the Swede, who will be out until the end of February after an unsuccessful early return from injury, would join the MLS side in March having penned an agreement a few weeks ago.

Jose Mourinho, in response to these rumours, noted that Zlatan hadn’t said anything to him about a move away, but did insist he wouldn’t stand in the 36-year-old’s way.

And Raiola has made it clear that they are at the very least exploring the possibility of a move to the MLS for Ibrahimovic.

“I’m relaxed. He’s in good shape and he has three or four months of time to decide what to do,” he said.

And when asked specifically about whether Zlatan would join the MLS, Raiola added: “If he wants to.”

There is perhaps more to this story than we might think. Zlatan’s return clearly came too early and the recurrence of the same issue – or, at the very least, a feeling that something still isn’t quite right – may have forced the striker to consider his future at Old Trafford and his chances of ever returning to peak condition at such an age and following such a prolonged period on the sidelines.

The MLS, in that sense, may serve as the ideal compromise for a man whose capacity to thrive at the top level on a weekly basis is waning but can still, on his day, take centre stage.

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