Show must go on in Hollywood — Mkhitaryan to Ibrahimovic

The arrival of Alexis Sanchez in January and the form of Romelu Lukaku have made it more hard for Ibrahimovic to regain his place and, with question marks over his fitness and his contract ticking down, the time appears right for a move.

Galaxy pulled off another coup in 2015 when they lured Mexico global Dos Santos to the club from Spanish side Villarreal in a reported $7million deal. Manager Jose Mourinho has not used him since a Premier League match against Burnley on December 26.

When Ibrahimovic officially landed with the LA Galaxy on Friday, he announced his arrival in a new nation with classic, theatrical, Zlatan-esque style.

The 36-year-old forward is Sweden's career scoring leader with 62 goals in 116 appearances and is the first player to make Champions League appearances for seven teams. He went on to play for Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain before joining United in 2016.

"After being in Europe, winning 33 trophies, playing in the best teams in the world, playing with the best players in the world, I wanted to come to the USA and play my game there", Ibrahimovic told the LA Times.

Ibrahimovic's move also should energize the Galaxy, who will mix him into coach Sigi Schmid's intriguing collection of worldwide talent.

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It had been rumored for as many as two years that Ibrahimovic was considering a move to Los Angeles.

Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in 46 appearances during a remarkable first campaign in the Premier League before tearing knee ligaments in a Europa League game last April. The Galaxy changed the North American league's worldwide perception when David Beckham joined the club in a groundbreaking move in 2007. But the team is showing signs of promise under Schmid, the club's veteran German-American coach, and has opened the season 1-1-0.

It could be that Jose's respect and admiration for his player meant that he was happy to allow the forward to move to the MLS now rather than later.

The Swede could wait to make his first start against Los Angeles next month in what is the MLS' newest derby.

"I know what I come with and what I am going to do", Ibrahimovic said in a video interview on the Galaxy official website.

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