Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been strongly linked with a move to MLS outfit LA Galaxy in the summer amidst talks of a contract extension

The retirement of talismanic Irish striker Robbie Keane has prompted LA Galaxy to lay their eyes on Manchester United superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, sources close to the BBC confirmed.

The five-time MLS winners are looking to ounce every last bit of football left in the Swedish great and envision him creating a similar impact on the club and the league as David Beckham did.

The former English midfielder moved state-side in 2007 and gave the league its much needed infusion of quality, glitz and glamour, which in turn has paved the way for some big name entries in recent years of the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Kaka and Steven Gerrard to name a few.

At $7.167m (£5.89m) a year, Kaka is the highest paid player in the MLS at the moment and that could easily change should Zlatan enter the fold given the quality he has to offer.

The Swede, at the age of 35, has against all odds, created waves in a tough English footballing circuit in just his debut season in the Premier League, scoring 26 goals and assisting 7 others in just 39 appearances.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United leaves the pitch with the match ball after scoring a hat-trick during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg match between Manchester United and AS Saint-Etienne at Old Trafford on February 16, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 16: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United leaves the pitch with the match ball after scoring a hat-trick during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg match between Manchester United and AS Saint-Etienne at Old Trafford on February 16, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo courtesy Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

He has carried his goal-scoring boots everywhere he has gone – Italy, Spain, Netherlands, France and England. As he approaches the twilight of his career, he will look to traverse the length and breadth of the footballing world before his body gives up and he decides to call it a day.

With that in mind, the MLS certainly isn’t a bad shot for a player of Zlatan’s age and experience, with the quality of football, or soccer, steadily increasing over the years.

It is not known what contract length Galaxy – winners of three out of the last six MLS titles – would be willing to offer Ibrahimovic, but the club feels it has a realistic chance of signing the veteran frontman.

With his contract expiring in the summer, LA Galaxy could sign Ibrahimovic in advance of a move to MLS during the July transfer window.

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