Zlatan Ibrahimovic On The Cusp Of Becoming Highest-Paid MLS Player Ever

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the mercurial Swedish soccer star who is currently playing for Manchester United in the English Premier League, is in hot commodity—and the MLS' Los Angeles Galaxy are about to jump on the opportunity to make him an even richer man.

According to SI.com, Zlatan—whose contract with Man U expires this summer—the MLS club has extended an offer to join them, with the team rumored to hand him the largest deal in the league's history, which is currently set at $7.16 million from Brazilian international star Kaka for Orlando City.

The 35-year-old, who has netted 26 goals for United this season, will not be an easy get, though, with the legendary EPL club desperate to keep him—but they'll have to convince Ibra it's worth it, as he holds an option for next year.

After the L.A. Galaxy pad former English stars David Beckham and Steven Gerrard insane amounts of cash to head to the States, it sounds as if they're targeting another European soccer legend to do the same—and, like the aforementioned Becks and Gerard, it will cost them plenty of money in order to pull it off.

Details aren't yet known, but given the deals to Beckham ($255 million total, Kaka ($7.16 million) and Gerrard ($6.1 million), it's safe to assume that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be in the same ballpark, if not higher, than those previous record deals.

The reality of Ibrahimovic departing Man U for MLS may seem strange, but, in his own words, it's a challenge he may be interested in, per ESPN:

"It's a huge option for me," he said. "For the football and everything else. I can see myself conquering the U.S. as I have with Europe.

"Lots of people stay in one place throughout their career, but I've travelled around like Napoleon, and conquered every new country where I've sat foot. So perhaps I should do what Napoleon didn't and cross the Atlantic and conquer the States as well."

Time will tell if Zlatan really means what he said, or if it was just a way to keep pressure on Manchester United to re-up his deal to keep him in England.

SI

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