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LA Galaxy playoff failure might open a door for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return to Milan

The Galaxy missed the MLS playoffs, which reportedly could open up the door for a loan move for the striker

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Could the LA Galaxy missing out on the playoffs mean that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will move on loan to AC Milan?

It’s being reported that Ibrahimovic would like to take on a loan move to Europe during the MLS offseason. The league ended its regular season this past weekend, and with the Galaxy missing out on the playoffs despite spending an enormous amount of money on very average players, Ibrahimovic could be tempted into a return to a top team team in a top league.

It’s also been reported that Ibrahimovic won’t be looking for a return to Manchester United, and that he’s also rumored to have fond memories, or something like that, of his time at Milan.

Milan are no strangers to loans from MLS, having taken David Beckham on loan from the very same LA Galaxy in the past. Milan also have depth issues at striker, with no recognized strikers on the senior squad besides Patrick Cutrone and Gonzalo Higuain. Fabio Borini and Samu Castillejo have both played in the Number 9 role this season, but neither of them are realistically a striker, and honestly, Borini just isn’t very good at this point in his career at Milan.

Landing someone like Ibrahimovic on loan in January would take some of the pressure off of Cutrone and Higuain, which will be an issue if Milan start to play with both strikers in the lineup on a frequent basis. Ibrahimovic is still good enough to score goals at an amazing rate in MLS, and while MLS isn’t at nearly the quality of Serie A, Ibrahimovic could be a brilliant option to bring in to be a spot starter or as a super-sub in order to change the game when Milan need a spark. He’s not going to be a long-term solution and given his age, he might not be able to contribute more than a few minutes a game during his “offseason” but he’s available on a loan deal, it would make perfect sense to bring him in.