MANCHESTER: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played his last game for Manchester United ahead of a move to MLS, according to ESPN FC.
It is also reported that the Swedish striker has signed a two-year contract with the LA Galaxy. The Premier League club confirmed yesterday that they had agreed to immediately terminate Ibrahimovic’s contract, which had been set to expire in June.
The Galaxy will pay Ibrahimovic $3 million total using targeted allocation money, reports 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.
It is believed that the deal is expected to be announced by the end of the week. He could conceivably make his debut 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, is understood that United manager Jose Mourinho has allowed Ibrahimovic to leave now in order to move to MLS.
“Everyone at the club would like to thank Zlatan for his contribution to the team since his arrival and wishes him well for the future,” a United statement read.
Ibrahimovic also posted a statement on Instagram, saying: “Great things also come to an end and it is time to move on after two fantastic seasons with Manchester United. Thank you to the club, the fans, the team, the coach, the staff and everybody who shared with me this part of my history.”
The Galaxy deal ends nearly two years of discussions between MLS and Ibrahimovic’s representatives to bring him to North America. Talks began in May 2016, before the Swede opted to join United, and it was reported in January that the Galaxy were inching closer to signing the striker.