Manchester United have announced the termination of Zlatan Ibrahimović's contract with immediate effect. The decision appears to have been mutual, with journalist Grant Wahl claiming the Swedish striker has already signed a two-year deal with MLS outfit LA Galaxy.
SI: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed a 2-year, $3 million deal with LA Galaxy on a TAM contract. Could be in the Galaxy squad for its March 31 rivalry game vs LAFC on big FOX https://t.co/BiTijMQ6jf— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) March 22, 2018
A statement posted on United’s official website reads:
Manchester United confirms that it has agreed to the termination of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract with immediate effect. Everyone at the club would like to thank Zlatan for his contribution to the team since his arrival and wishes him well for the future.
Zlatan had a surprisingly successful first season at Old Trafford, netting a total of 28 goals in all competitions. However, he suffered a serious knee injury in the Europa League quarterfinal against Anderlecht, and was initially released in the summer. He rejoined on a one-year deal in August, though struggled to force his way back into José Mourinho’s side, making just seven further appearances. Letting him go is probably the right decision.
However, it begs the question of whether United will look to sign attacking reinforcements in the summer. Romelu Lukaku is now the only pure striker in the squad, and though Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are capable of leading the line, it’s perhaps not their most natural role. Anyone for Antoine Griezmann?