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Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Real Madrid? Striker could join Bale and Benzema to help goal-shy Galacticos

  • Swedish striker being courted by multiple European clubs
  • Recently rumoured for return to AC Milan
PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 November, 2018, 5:11pm
UPDATED : Monday, 19 November, 2018, 5:11pm

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is capitalising on an impressive debut season in Major League Soccer as multiple European clubs are apparently circling the Swedish striker.

The 37-year-old enjoyed a fine season for Los Angeles Galaxy scoring 22 goals in 27 games, and claimed goal of the year for his long-distance strike against LAFC, which was also his first goal for Galaxy.

He was coming off knee surgery and a lacklustre 2017-18 for Manchester United where he only played five games and did not score a goal.

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ESPN FC is reporting that Spanish club Real Madrid are “mulling” a move for either Ibrahimovic, or Monaco’s Radamel Falcao to help with the team’s scoring woes after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

Real Madrid sit sixth in La Liga, four points behind league leaders Barcelona.

Karim Benzema leads the team scoring with five goals in 12 games and defender Sergio Ramos is second with four in 12. Gareth Bale has only three goals in 12 games. ESPN FC is also reporting that Real are eager to sign a cut-price striker when the transfer window reopens in January.

Ibrahimovic is under contract with Galaxy until the start of December.

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Earlier in November multiple Italian newspapers, including the Corriere della Sera and Tuttosport, reported that Ibrahimovic was in talks with AC Milan manager Leonardo to join the club, however the two sides disagreed on contract terms.

He previously played for Milan for two seasons up until 2012 where he scored 56 goals in 85 games, and this new deal would apparently be for a reported US$1.7 million (HK$13.3 million).

Galaxy missed the play-offs in Ibrahimovic’s first season, despite the Swedish striker snagging a MLS MVP nomination for his performances.

ESPN FC also recently reported that Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho is trying to convince the star to return to the club where he played for two season before heading to Los Angeles.

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