The Galaxy have agreed to a three-year contract with Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. He will be the highest paid player in MLS, a person with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed Friday. Conditions of the deal are not known, but the team is expected to officially announce the signing next week.
Hernandez, 31, is Mexico’s all-time leading scorer, and he will replace departed Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the lineup and on the marquee. He will team with LAFC forward Carlos Vela.
“He is a scoring machine — he’s always there looking to score goals — and he does a really good job defending for his team,” Vela said earlier this week as speculation of Hernandez’s move to Los Angeles grew. “I think the Mexican fans would be excited.”
Hernandez moved from England’s West Ham United to Sevilla for a transfer fee of approximately $8.7 million in September. However, his reduced role with the Spanish club limited his appearances to only two games since Nov. 2. His circumstances created his interest in moving to MLS.
It’s not yet known just how much a transfer fee Sevilla will be paid. The largest fee the Galaxy have paid for a player was $7 million, for Giovani dos Santos in 2015.
Hernandez is to fill some of the offensive void left by Ibrahimovic.
Even though his nickname translates to “little pea,” Hernandez is 5-foot-9 and has scored 52 goals in 109games since debuting for Mexico’s national team in 2009.
In 244 games in the English Premier League since 2010, he has 89 goals, making appearances for Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen and West Ham before joining Sevilla.