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Report: LAFC pursuing Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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It seems both LA teams are after the Swedish striker.

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The LA Galaxy have been linked to Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic in recent weeks, and now MLS expansion side Los Angeles Football Club are also in the fray.

The Daily Mail reported on Wednesday that LAFC would offer Ibrahimovic £5 million (that’s more than $6.4 million according to today’s currency exchange rate) annually, as well as a loan-back option to Manchester United, his current club. The Daily Mail story speculates that could sweeten the deal for Ibrahimovic, who has been a hit in Manchester this season. And while the story speculates he could stay with Man United until LAFC are ready to play, that detail does not look entirely worked out, if the report is true, of course.

One factor that could help LAFC’s case is if Man United don’t make the Champions League this year. If Ibrahimovic does not get an opportunity to win that tournament, one he has never won in an illustrious career, then he may not be as interested in staying in Europe.

Meanwhile, many have brought up the point that £5 million isn’t actually a massive salary by his standards, and would likely be a pay cut. Of course, there are players getting paid in that realm in MLS currently, so if he is willing to make that much, it is plausible on MLS’ side of things.

And then there’s the wrinkle if there’s a battle for Zlatan’s signature between the two Southern California sides in MLS. At some point, MLS would force one side to accede to the other, through some mechanism or another, because the league does not want a bidding war between two partner-rivals. But we’ll see if both teams are serious and which one would get preference or the inside track.

We’ll see what happens. If it’s LAFC and Zlatan, you can be sure we’ll hear more about it if this story has legs.

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