Could Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s time with the Los Angeles Galaxy be over already?
AC Milan is reportedly interested in permanently acquiring the Swedish icon for the remainder of the Serie A season, according to Italian journalist Vito Angele.
Angele tweeted Sunday that Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, is calculating a transfer fee for the Rossoneri to pay the Galaxy for his client’s services. Milan is also said to want a one-year option for the 2019-20 season, provided the club qualifies for Champions League.
Si avvicina il ritorno di #Ibrahimovic al Milan: allo svedese un contratto di 6 mesi con opzione per un altro anno legato alla qualificazione in Champions League. Raiola a lavoro per trovare l'accordo per la rescissione con i #Galaxy
— Vito Angelè (@VitoAngele) November 4, 2018
The Galaxy, who narrowly missed out on the playoffs this season despite a number of dazzling performances by their international soccer superstar, would suffer an enormous hit both on and off the field if they were to lose Ibrahimovic.
In 27 appearances this season, the Swede notched 10 assists and scored 22 goals – including this insane blast from 35 yards, which is currently on the Goal of the Year ballot, inside the first two minutes of his MLS career.
But at 37 years old, Ibrahimovic may want to win more hardware while he still can, especially after suffering a significant knee injury in 2017.
Should he leave MLS, the Galaxy’s failure to reach the playoffs this season will almost certainly have played a part, particularly if you take his recent comments to The Ringer regarding his future at face value.
“I want to play football for as long as I can, because after the injury I had, the answer was that I could not play again,” Ibrahimovic told The Ringer. “I want to help the people around. I want to help my teammates win. … I’m here for the moment. So all of you should enjoy while I’m here.”
This would be Ibrahimovic’s third stint with AC Milan, as he went on loan to the San Siro outfit from Barcelona in 2010 before moving there permanently in 2011.
Ibrahimovic, who also played at Juventus (2004-2006) and at Inter Milan (2006-2009) has scored 122 goals in Serie A.
The Galaxy are also no strangers to having high-profile players sniped by Milan. David Beckham participated in two loan periods from LA to the Rossoneri in 2009 and 2010.
Beckham’s temporary departures from the Galaxy were publicly criticized by then-captain Landon Donovan and were widely believed to be Beckham’s attempt to stay in contention for representing England at the 2010 World Cup.