Major League Soccer

Galaxy's play for Zlatan Ibrahimovic built around more than money

Galaxy's play for Zlatan Ibrahimovic built around more than money

The Galaxy and Manchester United are separated by one ocean, $233 million in payroll — depending on who’s doing the math — and decades of soccer tradition. But the two teams have one thing in common: they’re both trying to sign Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

And though the Galaxy’s bid seems like a quixotic one at this point, it’s far too early to count them out.

The team has been down this road before. Last spring it made a play for Ibrahimovic, only to watch him sign a one-year deal with Manchester United.

From the outside that pursuit of Ibrahimovic, arguably one of the three best players in the world, seemed both tentative and impractical, as if the team was...

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