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Around The Forest: Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the LA Galaxy?

Also: TFC sign Dutch international, Boro leading Jack Harrison chase, U.S. Teens excelling in the Bundesliga and more!

Major League Soccer

Zlatan again: LA Galaxy close to signing Ibrahimovic, reports ESPN |
The on-again, off-again courtship between the LA Galaxy and Zlatan Ibrahimovic has flared hot once more, with ESPNFC reporting on Sunday night that the Swedish superstar striker is close to signing with the founding MLS club.

TFC ink top international target Gregory van der Wiel: reports | CBC Sports
Dutch international Gregory van der Wiel was courtside at the Raptors' game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. Toronto GM Tim Bezbatchenko, who declined comment last week on the club's reported interest in van der Wiel, was courtside with the right back at the Air Canada Centre.

Middlesbrough news: Boro leading chase for New York City ace Jack Harrison - EXCLUSIVE | Daily Star
The England Under-21s international is also wanted by Newcastle and hometown club Stoke. There has been talk of Harrison, 21, leaving the Big Apple on loan, prior to a permanent move. But the MLS club are understood to be prepared to do a cash deal now. And Boro boss Tony Pulis is hoping to clinch a deal – for around £6m – to take the youngster to Teesid

Report: Montreal leaders to add Nehuen Paz on loan from sister club Bologna |
The Montreal Impact may be turning to Serie A sister club Bologna to acquire defensive help in the form of Argentine defender Nehuen Paz. According to Italy-based Sky Sports reporter Fabrizio Romano, the Impact are set to add Paz on a six-month loan from Bologna, winning his services ahead of Argentine side Lanus.

Johnny Russell set to leave Derby County to pursue career in the MLS - Derby Telegraph
Johnny Russell wants to leave Derby County to pursue a career in the MLS, manager Gary Rowett has revealed. Russell's contract with the Rams is due to expire at the end of the season and the Scottish forward has turned down the offer of a new deal. Rowett has confirmed that the 27-year-old has expressed a desire to go and play Major League Soccer in the United States.

Chicago Fire to face Bayern Munich in Germany in Schweinsteiger tribute |
“I’m really looking forward to walking back out at the Allianz Arena and hopefully meeting lots of fans who’ve been there since the start of my career,” Schweinsteiger said in a club statement. “I’m especially looking forward to seeing the fans on the south terrace, as we’ve always had a great relationship.”

MLS Exports: Former Sounder Joevin Jones scores but injured in German debut |
Former Seattle Sounder Joevin Jones scored just seven minutes into his 2. Bundesliga debut, but was forced to depart before halftime of SV Darmstadt's desperately-needed 1-0 victory at FC St. Pauli on Sunday.

United States

Schalke's Bodo Menze on U.S. teens in Germany and the Bundesliga's faith in young coaches and players 01/25/2018
Within the last two years, three Americans, Haji Wright, Weston McKennie and Nick Taitague, at age 18 joined Bundesliga club Schalke 04, which has one of Germany's best records of promoting players from its youth and reserve ranks.


Jose Mourinho wouldn't stop Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaving Man United amid MLS interest
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he will not stand in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's way if the striker wants to join LA Galaxy. Ibrahimovic, 36, will be out of contract in the summer and has been linked with a move to the United States after 18 months at Old Trafford.

Real get a confidence boost, woe for Liverpool, Coutinho struggles
Sometimes, when you're looking to rebuild confidence and regain mojo, victories like these can be more beneficial than one-sided thumpings. Sometimes, being fortunate (which they were) and being reminded that they're more talented than the opposition (which they are) can be worth more than a convincing performance when it comes to self-belief.

Liverpool can't replace Philippe Coutinho in January transfer window Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool must stop "thinking" about replacing Philippe Coutinho and does not blame the team's recent back-to-back losses on the Brazilian's absence.