Shortly after Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced he was leaving Paris Saint-Germain last Friday, reports linking the Swedish forward with a move to LA Galaxy emerged.
However, ESPN analyst and co-commentator Taylor Twellman has revealed that Zlatan will not be signing for the Galaxy this summer due to the designated player rule in MLS.
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“From what I’ve gathered over the last 48 hours is that if Zlatan Ibrahimovic is playing in Major League Soccer in 2016, it will not be in an LA Galaxy uniform,” Twellman revealed live on ESPN. “They’ve already got three designated players. The league will not change that rule mid-season.
“If Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in Major League Soccer in 2016, he will not be with the LA Galaxy.”
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No room for Zlatan at LA Galaxy
Indeed, LA Galaxy already have Robbie Keane, Giovani dos Santos and Steven Gerrard as their three designated players - leaving no room for Ibrahimovic.
This is unlikely to come as a surprise to Zlatan, who revealed after his final match with PSG on Saturday that he knows where he’ll be next season.
"I know what I will do next year but I wouldn't tell you," the 34-year-old told beIN Sports, according to ESPN.
United 'favourites' to sign Zlatan
The Telegraph’s chief football correspondent Jason Burt reported on Friday afternoon that Manchester United were the clear favourites to sign Ibrahimovic.
But due to Zlatan’s poor relationship with Louis van Gaal - the striker admitted during an interview with Sports Illustrated last year it was still “not good” - it seems he will only sign for the Red Devils if the veteran Dutch coach leaves Old Trafford this summer.
After Manchester City effectively secured Champions League qualification on Sunday, Van Gaal appears to be in serious danger of losing his job- regardless of whether United win the FA Cup final this weekend.
Zlatan has huge respect for Mourinho
Jose Mourinho is the clear favourite to replace Van Gaal at Old Trafford and the Portuguese coach has an excellent relationship with Ibrahimovic.
In his entertaining autobiography ‘I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ - per the Daily Mail - the Swede revealed: “Jose Mourinho is a big star. He’d been my manager at Inter. He’s nice. The first time he met my partner Helena, he whispered to her: ‘Helena, you have only one mission: feed Zlatan, let him sleep, keep him happy.’
“That guy says whatever he wants. I like him. He’s the leader of his army. But he cares, too. He would text me all the time at Inter, wondering how I was doing. He’s the exact opposite of Pep Guardiola.
"If Mourinho lights up a room, Guardiola draws the curtains. I guessed that Guardiola was trying to match up to him.
“Mourinho would become a guy I was basically willing to die for.”
The prospect of the two men reuniting at Old Trafford this summer now has United fans salivating.
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