Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits he could move to MLS following the expiration of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain and, if he does, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry will have played a significant part in convincing the Swede to secure a transfer to the US.
The allure of MLS appears to be increasing with David Villa having agreed to join the newly formed New York City FC, while Frank Lampard is expected to following after leaving Chelsea. Henry, meanwhile, remains the star attraction of American soccer, with the Frenchman also in New York with the Red Bulls.
It could be, though, the Ibrahimovic becomes the new poster boy of the sport Stateside, and it is an option very much in his mind with the seed having initially been planted by Henry, with the duo former teammates at Barcelona.
"I'm intrigued by the idea of going to play in the United States,” Ibrahimovic told Sports Illustrated.
“My friend Thierry Henry is finding it very well and I often talk about the US Championship [with him].
“In another two or three years, it would be interesting to go and play in the USA.”
Henry moved to the Red Bulls after leaving Barcelona in 2010, and the 36-year-old has continued to score at an impressive rate. The former Arsenal captain has, of course, also spent a spell back with the Gunners since moving to MLS, with Henry joining on a brief loan spell two years ago.
During his time back with Arsenal, Henry scored two goals in seven appearances to take his total tally for the club to 228 strikes - a landmark that seems unlikely to be surpassed.