There has been much talk about Zlatan Ibrahimovic one day moving across to MLS after his interview with SI.com last year, and Lewis Addley explores whether or not this summer could see him make the move…
We all know what a talent Zlatan Ibrahimovic is and he has proved to be one of Europe’s best strikers over the course of his career with every club he has played for and it could be a great move for Major League Soccer to have such a controversial figure join any side.
Ibrahimovic, now 33, has one year left to run on his contract with Paris Saint-Germain and has had a slightly quieter season this year compared to the last campaign but this is mainly due to the injury he sustained early in 2014.
Having missed such a large chunk of the season with his heel injury, Ibrahimovic has done well to have already notched 17 goals in 26 appearances.
Paris Saint-Germain are still behind Lyon in Ligue 1 and failure to win the league this season could see Ibrahimovic’s attentions turn elsewhere.
At 33, it would be a good time to make the move to MLS but there would be a whole host of European clubs willing to sign the big man too were he to leave France at the end of the current season.
A host of Europe’s best talents will ply their trade in MLS this year, with recent additions Kaka, David Villa, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard all joining for what will be the league’s biggest ever season.
Ibrahimovic still has just under 18 months remaining on his current PSG deal and so his services would not come cheap were he to move this summer, but with Zlatan openly hinting at the move it is a possibility in the near future.
“If I ever get a chance to play in front of the Americans, I would try to do my best to convince them, show them the type of soccer they like to see,” he told the New York Times magazine last year.
The continual growth of MLS proves it can attract huge players to the league and this is a move many people would want to see happen.
Clubs may be a bit more hesitant than supporters due to his track record of proving tough to manage and his arrogance could be a stumbling block for some sides.
The Swedish forward’s vast range of talents would improve any side though and he offers a different dimension to the game, one we haven’t seen feature an awful lot in MLS.
For the time being we will have to wait and see what Ibrahimovic and his representatives do come the end of the season, but he is focused on the Paris Saint-Germain project for now.
Having played with Thierry Henry at FC Barcelona, Ibrahimovic has a good connection into what life is like in MLS and his relationship with Henry could make the New York Red Bulls a possible destination.
Ibrahimovic also has a connection with the LA Galaxy, through fellow countryman Stefan Ishizaki, so there are clear options for an MLS move in the future.
His contract is up in the summer of 2016 and it is most likely that will be the time Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes his move stateside, if he was ever going to do it.
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