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Former LA Galaxy exec Jovan Kirovski in talks to join AC Milan: Sources

Former LA Galaxy executive Jovan Kirovski is in advanced talks to join AC Milan’s front office, sources briefed on the talks tell The Athletic.

Kirovski hasn’t signed a deal yet. His role would be overseeing Milan’s second team, sources say.

Kirovski was previously the technical director of the LA Galaxy for over a decade before being dismissed in January. Former Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a player Kirovski was key in recruiting, was named senior advisor to AC Milan’s ownership after he retired, having played his final games with the Serie A team. Ibrahimovic is pushing for Kirovski’s appointment.

The Galaxy won MLS Cup under Kirovski in 2014 but has struggled in recent years, missing the playoffs in five of the last seven. The team fired longtime club president Chris Klein last spring. Former LAFC executive Will Kuntz took over as chief soccer officer this offseason.

In recent years LA was hit with transfer sanctions for violating salary budget and roster guidelines during the 2019 season. Klein was suspended for the 2023 season and former general manager Dennis te Kloese will need to apply with the MLS commissioner’s office if he wants to have future employment with any of the league’s clubs.

During his playing career, Kirovski became the first American to win the UEFA Champions League as part of Borussia Dortmund’s squad in 1996-97. He made 62 appearances for the U.S. men’s national team and finished his playing career with the Galaxy in 2011.

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