David Beckham talks Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s potential move to MLS, saying it would be terrific for the league but he’d be happy for him to stay at Manchester United.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola has not ruled out a move to the Major League Soccer for his client amid rumours of an impending transfer to LA Galaxy.

Manchester United have said they will not stand in the way of the Sweden forward should he wish to leave Old Trafford, and the Galaxy appear to be the player’s destination of choice.

Raiola has confirmed that Ibrahimovic, who is contracted to the Red Devils until the summer, may move to MLS before his deal in Manchester expires, although he says he is under no pressure to force a move through.

“I’m relaxed. He’s in good shape and he has three or four months of time to decide what to do,” Raiola told Italy’s Mediaset, before replying to a more specific question about whether he could move to MLS by saying: “If he wants to.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract with Man United expires this summer.

The agent also represents the interests of Nice forward Mario Balotelli, who was linked with a surprise move to Juventus during the current transfer window.

While the Bianconeri rubbished that speculation, Raiola has confirmed that a return to Serie A could soon materialise for the former Manchester City and Liverpool striker.

“Yes, he could return to Serie A,” he said. “There is a possibility. Mario’s principle desire is to play good football in a club who believe in him. He’s never, ever excluded Italy — maybe I have excluded it for him in the past.”

Balotelli, whose contract with Nice expires in the summer, has scored 13 goals in 17 Ligue 1 outings this season, averaging a goal every 102 minutes — a rate bettered only by Edinson Cavani and Neymar among the players who have scored more than seven.

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.


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