Zlatan Ibrahimovi? reportedly considering Bologna FC transfer
By Julian Cardillo and Pro Soccer USA
Nov 05, 2019 | 11:22 AM
Los Angeles Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovi? is reportedly weighing an offer to join Bologna FC in Italy's Serie A this winter.
Bologna coach Sini?a Mihajlovi? and sporting director Riccardo Bigon both spoke to Ibrahimovi? last week and talks between the club and Mino Raiola, the Swedish star's agent, are also ongoing, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"[Ibrahimovi?] and Sini?a are in direct contact," Bigon told Rai 1 in Italy. "But the ball is in Ibrahimovi?'s hands. He has to decide in the coming months what he will do, though we can't help but love the idea. We will wait for him to make his decision."
While Ibrahimovi?'s current contract expires Jan. 1, the typically outspoken star has so far remained coy about his future plans — though he hasn't been shy about throwing shade at Major League Soccer.
"What happens next year? I don't know," Ibrahimovic said after Los Angeles FC eliminated the Galaxy in the Western Conference semifinals Oct. 24. "If I stay, it will be good for MLS because the whole world will watch. If I don't stay, nobody will remember what MLS is."
Ibrahimovi?, 38, joined the Galaxy in March 2018 season after spending the previous 19 years in Europe with Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Ajax, and Malm? FF.
While Ibrahimovi? is weighing Bologna's interest with the possibility of staying with the Galaxy in 2020, both Marca and La Gazzetta dello Sport say AC Milan, Napoli and Manchester United are also interested in his services. However, no on-record sources have confirmed those reports.
Bologna – whose ownership stake also belongs to Montreal Impact owner Joey Saputo – currently sits 13th in the Serie A table.