Man Utd exit door open, but Ibrahimovic to LA Galaxy talk has got 'nowhere'

The Swedish striker has struggled for fitness and game time since rejoining the ranks at Old Trafford, sparking rumours of a possible move to MLS

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be kept at Manchester United against his will, but a potential move to LA Galaxy has got “nowhere” as yet.

The Red Devils re-signed the experienced striker after helping him to recover from knee surgery – with a 28-goal haul in 2016-17 having highlighted his worth.

At 36 years of age, however, the enigmatic Swede has struggled to find peak fitness at Old Trafford and seen his game time severely restricted as a result.

With Jose Mourinho having other options at his disposal, including January signing Alexis Sanchez, a possible switch to MLS has been mentioned for Ibrahimovic.

Mourinho has admitted that he will not stand in the way of a United exit, but Galaxy president Chris Klein has suggested that his side have nothing in the pipeline, telling MLS Soccer: “We're nowhere.

“We wouldn't comment on it.”

Pressed further on whether any talks have been held, Klein added: “We wouldn't [confirm that]. It's unfair, because he's contracted to another club.”

While those in the Los Angeles boardroom are reluctant to be drawn into a debate regarding Ibrahimovic’s future, those on the playing side are happy to talk up a possible high-profile arrival.

Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid said on the rumours: “If it happens, it happens, and once it happens, then we'll give thought to it.

“Right now, it's preparing the group that I have and preparing the group that I have to win games.

“He's a big player. Big players have an impact on your team, whether that's Zlatan or whether that's [Lionel] Messi or a Neymar – guys like that have an impact on your team."

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Mexican forward Giovani dos Santos has added: “I don't know if it's going to happen.

“I respect him. I think he's one of the best players in history, you know, the greatest striker.

"A player like him, I think, is welcome in every team.”

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