Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been heavily linked with a move to Major League Soccer on a number of occasions but a report from Swedish tabloid Sportsbladet has dropped the biggest hint yet that he will make the move this summer.
Ibrahimovic has scored 17 goals in 21 Ligue 1 games so far this season but has been frustrated at times and has been linked with a move away from Paris Saint-Germain before his contract expires in 2016.
Sportsbladet reported, from an anonymous source, that Ibrahimovic was at the US Embassy last month, applying for a US visa.Embed from Getty Images
“He was there on March 19 and applied,” it claimed. The report added that it was the sort of visa that would allow Ibrahimovic to stay for an indefinite period of time, rather than for a short visit.
Ibrahimovic is contracted to PSG for another 14 months but has highlighted he one day would like to play in MLS.
“I will really think about it because I find it very interesting to come over to America because my friend Thierry Henry [who has since retired] is playing there and he’s doing fantastic. And he talks a lot of positive about the Major League Soccer, so it’s an interesting thing if the opportunity is still there in two to three years,” he told Sports Illustrated last summer.
The powerful Swedish striker has an impressive 316 club career goals in 569 games and has won 23 major trophies, including four Serie A league titles.Embed from Getty Images
A whole host of MLS sides will be interested in signing the former Barcelona star but a move this summer is unlikely as a sizeable transfer fee would still need to be offered to the French giants.
But by Ibrahimovic getting a US visa, he could well be preparing for life in MLS from the summer of 2016 onwards.
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