LA Galaxy manager Sigi Schmid has admitted he’d love to sign Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, amid rumours the Swedish international was considering a move to the MLS.
Ibrahimovic, who signed from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer 18 months ago, has struggled for playing time with the Red Devils this season, making only five Premier League appearances.
The 36-year-old is out of contract in the summer, and his manager Jose Mourinho says he won’t stand in Ibrahimovic’s way if he seeks an exit at the end of the campaign.
This would be music to the ears of Schmid who revealed his hopes of landing the veteran’s signature. “If it happens, it happens, and once it happens, then we’ll give thought to it,” he said, reports the Mirror.
“Right now, it’s preparing the group that I have and preparing the group that I have to win games. [Zlatan] is 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.”
The Galaxy manager wasn’t the only person excited by the prospect of a big-name player coming to the MLS. Mexico forward Giovani dos Santos also says he’d welcome him to the StubHub Center, admitting: “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.”
Ibrahimovic suffered a serious knee injury at the end of last season, and he’s recently had a setback in his recovery. It’s meant the veteran forward has spent more time on the sidelines of late, and it could see him considering a slower-paced league like the MLS when 2017/18 comes to a close.