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Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be option for Real Madrid in January

Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be option for Real Madrid in January

Kirby Lee

USA Today Sports

With Eden Hazard moving ruling out a January move to the Bernabéu, Ibrahimovic, whose contract ends with LA Galaxy in December, would be a viable temporary option for Madrid.

Given the club’s current troubles, Real Madrid could look to strengthen their frontline in January and LA Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be on the club’s agenda, according to well-known Spanish journalist and radio commentator, Manolo Lama, who made the announcement on Spain’s Cope Radio.

Since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus this summer, Madrid have failed to make up for the Portuguese’s goals, with Bale, Benzema, Mariano and Asensio, scoring just 18 goals between them in 12 games. Before scoring in the 2-1 defeat to Levante last weekend, Los Blancos had gone almost seven hours without a goal, prompting calls for reinforcements up front.

With Eden Hazard moving ruling out a January move to the Bernabéu, Ibrahimovic, whose contract ends with LA Galaxy in December, would be a viable temporary option for Madrid until Hazard makes his mooted move to the Bernabéu next summer.

Ibrahimovic’s impressive recovery

The Swede’s performances have amazed all in the MLS, and he has yet to confirm if he will extend his time stateside, supposedly due to reported interest from AC Milan.

After picking up a serious injury with Manchester United in the Uefa Europa League final in May 2017, many wondered whether the then 35-year-old would hang up his boots for good. But since his arrival in the MLS in March after making a full recovery, Ibrahimovic has demonstrated this continued ability to perform at a high level. The former Barcelona striker has scored 22 goals in 26 games for LA Galaxy and is currently the US league’s second highest scorer.

David Beckham

Ibrahimovic would not be the first star in the twilight of his career to return to Europe’s top flight after a stint in the MLS.

After two seasons with LA Galaxy, David Beckham signed with AC Milan on loan in 2009, playing 29 games for the Serie A club. The former Manchester United and Madrid legend went back to play in LA from 2010 to 2012, but again returned to Europe with PSG in 2013, where he signed a five-month contract and played ten games for the Ligue 1 side before retiring from the game.

 

 

 

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