The Los Angeles Galaxy are on the lookout for a “world-class” signing, but head coach Curt Onalfo would not confirm whether Zlatan Ibrahimovic was in their crosshairs.
David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane are among the stars to have played for Major League Soccer’s most successful side over recent years.
The Galaxy are synonymous with star names but lack such glamour at the moment, with Giovani dos Santos and Ashley Cole the best-known names in a side stuttering in the league.
Ibrahimovic has long been linked with a move to the StubHub Center, with a £6million-a-year deal reported to be on the table for the injured striker following his exit from Manchester United.
Galaxy coach Onalfo was coy on such talk – “our policy is not to comment on players that are not part of our team” – but was more forthcoming about their grand plans.
Asked if they had room for a marquee player, he said: “Absolutely. We always have.
“The DNA of the Galaxy is to attract world-class players, so we’re always looking for one.”
Ibrahimovic is set to be out until the new year after sustaining serious knee ligament damage playing for United in April.
The 35-year-old has since left the club but is doing his rehabilitation under their watch, with his recovery so impressive that Jose Mourinho is said to have sanctioned the offer of a new contract.
Ibrahimovic, who turns 36 in October, was United’s top scorer last season with 28 goals.
Romelu Lukaku has been brought in from Everton to help fill the void.