Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaving Manchester United for LA Galaxy

The idea has been rumored, reported, discussed and debated for about half a decade, and now it may finally be coming to pass: Zlatan Ibrahimovic to MLS.

The iconic Swedish striker has officially cut ties with Manchester United, the English superclub announced on Thursday, and will join the LA Galaxy according to reports from the LA Times, ESPN and others.

The news of Ibra’s departure from Man U was originally reported by ESPN’s Mark Ogden, who cited anonymous sources stating that the 36-year-old legend was set to sign a two-year contract via the use of Targeted Allocation Money. The Galaxy already have a full complement of Designated Players, with Giovani dos Santos, his brother Jonathan and Romain Alessandrini.

The Galaxy have long been linked to Ibrahimovic, one of world soccer’s most prolific goalscorers of the 21st century as well as a larger-than-life character known for his huge ego and outsized achievements in both individual and team terms. Befitting that personality, he posted this farewell message after his departure from Manchester United:

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