Manchester United terminate striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract, close to Major League Soccer move

Manchester United have terminated the contract of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic with immediate effect. The 36-year-old’s contract was set to expire at the end of 2017-18 season.

football Updated: Mar 22, 2018 23:30 IST
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in 46 appearances for Manchester United last season.(REUTERS)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s time at Manchester United has come to an end after Manchester United agreed to terminate his contract with immediate effect. The Swedish striker has been strongly linked with a move to Major League Soccer according to a report on Thursday.

Ibrahimovic, whose contract was set to expire in June, has made just seven appearances for United this season on his return from a cruciate knee ligament injury.

“Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played his last game for Manchester United,” said an ESPN report.

“He is close to sealing a move to Major League Soccer this week following persistent links to LA Galaxy.”

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The Galaxy have a history of luring ageing stars to America with David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane among those to have made the move to Los Angeles.

Ibrahimovic, 36, hasn’t featured at all for Jose Mourinho’s side since being substituted at half-time in a 2-2 draw with Burnley on December 26.

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The Swede scored 28 goals in 46 appearances during a stunning first season in England before tearing knee ligaments in a Europa League tie against Anderlecht in April.

His form was rewarded with an extension of his contract for a second season, but the £75 million ($105 million) signing of Romelu Lukaku saw him slip down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

First Published: Mar 22, 2018 21:38 IST