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Zlatan Ibrahimovic signs with LA Galaxy

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The Swedish superstar is coming to LA

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In 2016, Zlatan wasn’t ready. In 2017, the timing wasn’t right In 2018...as they say, third’s time the lucky charm.

Confirmed by Kevin Baxter earlier this morning, Grant Wahl is reporting Zlatan Ibrahimovic is leaving Manchester United and coming to LA, joining the Galaxy on a 2-yeal deal worth 1.5 million annually.

SI.com has confirmed that superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed a contract to join the LA Galaxy and will leave Manchester United.

A source with direct knowledge of the deal tells SI.com that Ibrahimovic has signed a contract through the end of the 2019 season that will pay him $1.5 million per year, the maximum allowed for a contract using Targeted Allocation Money.

The Ibrahimovic deal is set to be announced officially on Friday with a full-page advertisement in the Los Angeles Times. He is set to arrive in Southern California next week, perhaps on Wednesday or Thursday.

Ibrahimovic has been recovering from an injury, but SI.com was told it is possible he could be available in the Galaxy squad for its March 31 intracity rivalry showdown against LAFC on the big Fox channel.

The wheels are already in motion: The Red Devils have terminated Ibra’s contract, paving the way for a free transfer to MLS and the Galaxy.

At 36-years of age, it remains to be seen whether the Swedish striker can still be effective after coming off a career-threatening ACL injury. But for now, the Galaxy have captured the biggest fish this league has seen since David Beckham.