LA Galaxy will be looking to capitalise on any uncertainty surrounding the future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Manchester United striker’s one-year contract expires at the end of the season, and while he has been in flying form in his first season at Old Trafford, he is yet to commit to the club’s offer of a second season.
To that end, the MLS side, still on the hunt for a star striker after the departure of Robbie Keane last year, have reportedly made the Swedish forward an offer that would obliterate their current structure, and former Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas believes the fact that the club would be confident of signing Ibrahimovic even if it means having to wait until next summer.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Lalas cited the David Beckham signing over a decade ago as the blueprint that they could follow in luring Ibra to the StubHub Center:
“I think they do have a chance. And whether it’s this summer or maybe a year from now I still think there’s going to be interest.
“The David Beckham thing didn’t happen overnight – there was a relationship that was fostered and cultivated over the years and then when that perfect moment came they were ready to act, not just with the money but with the entire package which was appealing.
“The pitch, I think, to Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not just that you get to come to Major League Soccer and they’ll pay you a lot of money, it’s also that you get to expand that brand in a market that continues to get bigger and bigger.
“And there’s a lifestyle issue that is very very attractive to people and the opportunity for him to come into this market in North America and just inject that Zlatan brand to a public that, while many soccer people know, the people outsider of soccer maybe don’t know.
“And that can be very attractive to people that are concerned and cultivate a brand.”
Ibrahimovic has scored 26 goals in all competitions for Man United this season, far more than any f his teammates, and while he is unlikely to achieve his aim of winning the Premier League in this campaign, potential qualification for the Champions League may be enough to keep him at the club for another year.
If the nomadic striker does decide to head for pastures new once again, then Los Angeles could be an attractive option for him.