After Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s initial success in the Premier League, it seemed inevitable that Manchester United would keep him beyond his one-year deal.
Of course, since then, it’s no secret that the goals have dried up, even if he did score a brace against lowly Swansea City.
It seems the player himself is also content to move on at the end of the season too, and he already appears to be eyeing a big-money move to the MLS.
Ibra would be a huge boost to the league at a time when stars like Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, and Robbie Keane are all on their way out.
“It’s a huge option for me”, he told Swedish publication Aftonbladet.
“For the football and everything else. I can see myself conquering the US as I have with Europe.
“Lots of people stay in one place throughout their career, but I’ve travelled around like Napoleon, and conquered every new country where I’ve set foot.
“So perhaps I should do what Napoleon didn’t and cross the Atlantic and conquer the States as well.”
The striker, possibly the first of his kind to compare himself to Napoleon, was speaking in Stockholm as he picked up his tenth Swedish Golden Ball award in a row.
The merits of such an award given the poverty of the Swedish national team in recent years is perhaps a little questionable, but that won’t deny him a 2.7 metre statue being built in the capital.
United fans may well have mixed feelings about his potential departure, as it’s fair to say he has not “conquered” the Premier League as he would have liked – and Jose Mourinho’s men sit sixth in the table.