The LA Galaxy’s chase of Mexican superstar Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is complete.
The Galaxy finally signed Hernandez to a contract that will make him the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer, according to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl.
The 31-year-old playmaker has long been a target of MLS due to his star power and marketability with fans of the Mexican national team. He will join the Galaxy from La Liga side Sevilla. He joined Sevilla in September from West Ham United in the English Premier League.
Hernandez will replace the void left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s departure after the 2019 MLS campaign. The new Galaxy forward owns 109 caps for El Tri and is the national team’s all-time leading scorer with 52 goals. He’s also played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen and Chivas de Guadalajara.
The Galaxy had been in negotiations with Hernandez for some time and met with him earlier this week to close the deal. The meeting went well, according to ESPN Mexico and the LA Times, but it took three more days to iron out details.
A report from Spanish newspaper Marca put the transfer fee being negotiated for Chicharito at around $10 million.
Players around the league touted Hernandez’s abilities in recent days, saying a player of his caliber would be a boon for the league.
“If it’s true he’s gonna be here next season, it’s amazing,” Orlando City star Nani told Pro Soccer USA. “It’s another star player, it’s a big friend, old friend for beautiful moments with Manchester United. We shared the dressing room for a long time. I know him well. He’s a great person.”