US Network is Convinced That Ibrahimovic Will Join LA Galaxy Very Soon Despite Obvious Red Flag

Jamie Spencer

American sports network Fox Deportes, part of the Hispanic arm of US media giant Fox, is utterly convinced that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be leaving Manchester United in the near future to move stateside. His alleged chosen club: Los Angeles Galaxy.

There's a lot more to this than meets the eye, though, with at least one major red flag.

Manchester United v Sunderland - Premier League
Manchester United v Sunderland - Premier League

United and Ibrahimovic still have an optional 12 month contract extension that the club certainly hopes will be exercised. Ibrahimovic himself also recently hinted he would be happy to take it up when he stated he 'never leaves a job unfinished'.

But Fox Deportes are seemingly adamant that the veteran Swede will be venturing to California very soon, to the point where they even mocked up a picture of him smiling in an LA Galaxy kit - an image that was shared on social media platforms.

"CONFIRMED from Europe. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play with Galaxy," was the rather shouty caption that accompanied the picture on Instagram.

​​That image and the bold accompanying claims have sent gossipers into a transfer frenzy.

Ibrahimovic has certainly spoken positively in the past about potentially making the switch to Major League Soccer at some point. LA Galaxy were rumoured to be keen before he moved to England last year and there's no reason to believe there isn't still general future interest, but a move any time soon just can't happen without a messy squad reshuffle.

Club Tijuana v Los Angeles Galaxy
Club Tijuana v Los Angeles Galaxy

Rumours have previously claimed that Ibrahimovic would earn a record MLS salary were he to move stateside, but Galaxy have only just refilled filled their Designated Player berths - the rule which allows each franchise to break the salary cap for up to three individuals.

Romain Alessandrini and Jelle van Damme have newly been given 'DP' status in 2017, while former Barcelona prodigy Giovani Dos Santos has enjoyed the tag since 2015. Galaxy would have to offload the Mexican before a deal for Ibrahimovic is even possible.

With the season having only just kicked off, major squad surgery is ill-advised to say the least.

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