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Raiola: Ibrahimovic attracting interest from MLS, Serie A

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Despite coming off an ACL injury, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is showing no signs of ending his long and successful career.

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And according to his agent, Mino Raiola, the Swedish striker has offers from both MLS and Serie A sides.

The LA Galaxy have been strongly linked to Ibrahimovic, who was recently let go of by Manchester United after just one season in England.

The logistics of signing a player of Ibra’s caliber are still uncertain though as the Galaxy currently have three Designated Players under contract, and bringing in the star forward would surely require significant wages.

“Many clubs are interested in Ibrahimovic; from MLS in the USA, but also in Italy would be possible,” Raiola said. “Napoli? Everything is possible, but I think Napoli will not be his next club.”

One club that Raiola did rule out for Ibra’s services though is third-place side from a season ago in Italy; Napoli.

The 35-year-old Ibrahimovic missed the end of the 2016/17 Premier League season for United after suffering the knee injury during the club’s UEFA Europa League win over Anderlecht.

Prior to his injury last season, Ibrahimovic notched 28 goals across all competitions for Jose Mourinho’s side, proving just how potent a striker he still is after 18 professional seasons.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic released by Man United

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It’s confirmed. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a free agent.

The Premier League Friday morning announced its list of released players from across the league and Ibrahimovic was the sole member on the list from Manchester United.

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The news ends weeks of speculation that Manchester United would cut their losses after losing Ibrahimovic to a torn ACL, which will likely keep him out of action until January 2018 at the earliest, when he’ll be 36-years old.

In his one season at Old Trafford, the wily veteran striker still managed to score 17 Premier League goals and 28 goals in all competitions. It will be difficult for Manchester United to replace that production immediately, although potentially signing Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid could help bridge the goal gap.

It’s unclear where Ibrahimovic moves next. He’s been oft-rumored for a move to Major League Soccer or to China, but he could sit on the sidelines and await his next move while he rehabs his current injury.

Other notable players released include Arsenal’s Yaya Sanogo, Chelsea’s John Terry, Burnley’s Joey Barton, who is suspended by the FA for gambling on soccer games, Stoke’s Shay Given, West Bromwich Albion’s Darren Fletcher and West Ham’s Alvaro Arbeloa. Manchester City’s quartet of Bacary Sagna, Jesus Navas, Gael Clichy and Willy Caballero that are leaving had already been announced.

Also of note is the release of U.S. Under-19 centerback Danny Barbir, who joined West Bromwich Albion in 2015. The Romanian-American dual national played mostly with the West Bromwich U-18s and reserves but never made a first team gameday squad.

Here’s a look at all the players set to be released from their contracts this summer:

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Report: Man United won’t offer Ibrahimovic new contract

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s first season at Old Trafford went just how you’d expect it to, but the Swede may be one and done in England.

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According to the Daily Express, Manchester United won’t offer the 36-year-old Swede a new contract this summer wen his current deal expires on June 30.

Ibrahimovic missed several matches down the stretch for the Red Devils, including the club’s UEFA Europa League title win against Ajax, after suffering an ACL injury in April.

It’s important to note that Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, has stated there are other offers on the table for the top-tier striker, although it’s unclear as to which clubs they are.

“He wants to stay in England, he wants to stay at the top,” Raiola recently said. “He can be a valuable asset for some other top clubs. We have a lot of offers and ideas and we have to evaluate them. But I think it is respectful to talk to United and to see what all parties want.”

The star striker netted an impressive 28 goals in all competitions this season for United, however, with his age and long-term injury a factor the Red Devils could look to go in another direction next season up front.

With Zlatan not expressing any desire to retire ahead of the 2017/18 season, there’s a very real chance that he joins another club in Europe or possibly travels abroad to MLS.

The veteran has been linked with the American league for some time now, particularly the LA Galaxy, although the club doesn’t have a Designated Player position available at this time.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to stay at Manchester United?

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Hang on a minute.

We may not have seen the last of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a Manchester United jersey.

Ibrahimovic, 35, is recovering from serious ligament damage in his right knee and his current deal at United is due to expire on June 30, with no deal agreed for a one-year extension.

After scoring 28 goals in all competitions for United last season (their top goalscorer by some distance) Ibrahimovic made a huge impact in helping the Red Devils return to the UEFA Champions League via winning the UEFA Europa League, plus he also led them to League Cup glory at Wembley in his debut season in England.

Speaking to talkSPORT in the UK, his agent Mino Raiola confirmed that Ibrahimovic wants to remain in the Premier League.

“Oh, yes. He wants to stay in England, he wants to stay at the top, and if he sees that he can be a valuable asset for Manchester United, then why not Manchester United?” Raiola said. “He can be a valuable asset for some other top clubs also. But I think it is respectful to talk to Manchester United and to see what all parties want.”

Raiola went on to say that Ibrahimovic has multiple offers from elsewhere but the Swede will sit down and talk with United first before making any decision.

Would Zlatan sticking around at United be a good move for everyone involved?

Most definitely. For Zlatan, he’d get another huge pay day and he’ll probably be ready to play by September/October time and for United they’d be keeping a player with vast experience in the UEFA Champions League who can certainly contribute goals if this season is anything to go by.

There is a worry that Ibrahimovic may not recover fully from his serious injury but judging by the video below, and the typically modest caption, he is well on his way to a full recovery.

The touch will never disappear. Lions dont recover like humans. @azsportswear #itsnotaboutthegear

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With Antoine Griezmann set to be the main man at Old Trafford next season if his $110 million move from Atletico Madrid goes through, Zlatan will also have to deal with being on the bench throughout the 2017-18 campaign if he was to stay at United.

Then again, that’s what we said about this time last year about his arrival at United and look how that turned out…

VIDEO: Zlatan is already working out; “Lions don’t recover like humans”

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is superhuman — there’s no other way to explain the video posted to the Manchester United striker’s Instagram account on Wednesday, 30 days after the 35-year-old underwent surgery to repair the torn ACL in his right knee.

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The video, which you can watch below, shows the big Swede kicking a ball, with both feet, in between short, choppy steps. If the feat of doing so barely four weeks after a major reconstructive surgery wasn’t enough to leave solidify Ibrahimovic’s place among the world’s toughest, most accomplished physical specimens, the attached caption will no doubt do the trick.

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“The touch will never disappear,” he said. “Lions don’t recover like humans.”

Apparently they do not. This should fully dispel previous reports that the injury could be career-ending, a claim which Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, has refuted on a number of occasions.