Done deal | LA Galaxy sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic

MLS side LA Galaxy have confirmed the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was released from his contract by Manchester United.

The 36-year-old arrives at the StubHub Center after a three-year pursuit from the Galaxy to land his signature.

“The LA Galaxy announced today that forward Zlatan Ibrahimović has joined the club. The Swedish striker joins the five-time MLS Cup champions after a decorated career internationally and throughout Europe,” said the club statement.

“Ibrahimović was added to the LA Galaxy roster using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM), will occupy an International roster spot and will officially join the roster pending receipt of a P1 Visa and ITC.”

Ibrahimovic announced the news with an ad in the LA Times. The Evening Standard believe the club paid for it, not the striker.

The Swedish international spent 20 months at Manchester United, joining the Red Devils from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. He scored 29 goals in 53 games in one-and-a-half seasons, winning the League Cup and Europa League for his troubles.

Ibrahimovic struggled for playing time in his second season at Old Trafford after picking up a serious knee injury in April 2017. And when the Galaxy made their interest official, United sanctioned a move by cancelling his contract on Thursday for the striker to sign on Friday.

“Coming to play in the United States, it is only fitting for me to join the most successful team in Major League Soccer, the LA Galaxy. I am excited to join a club with a winning legacy that has embodied soccer in Los Angeles for over 20 years,” he said.

“I would like to thank everyone at the club for making it possible to play for the LA Galaxy. I am looking forward to joining my teammates, playing at StubHub Center in front of our fans and helping our team compete this season.”

Signing the 36-year-old is quite a coup by the MLS outfit. Ibrahimovic has played for the likes of Malmo FF, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and most recently Manchester United over a career spanning two decades.

The centre-forward joins a long list of high-profile players to have joined the LA club – David Beckham, Robbie Keane, Luis Hernández, Giovani dos Santos, Jonathan dos Santos, Jorge Campos, Steven Gerrard, Landon Donovan.

He’s won two Eredivisie titles, three Serie A titles, one La Liga title and three Ligue 1 titles, in addition to 20 other pieces of silverware. The Galaxy are understandably excited to land his signature and will be hoping Ibrahimovic’s influence could help them win a trophy this season.

His new side are currently ninth in the Western Conference with three points from two games.

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