Mexican national team star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez could soon be playing in MLS. According to ESPNFC, the Bayer Leverkusen man is in talks with Major League Soccer over a possible move to the United States.
The report says that the goal is to bring him to the league in the summer of 2018, when his contract with the German club is set to expire. That would mean no transfer fee for the Mexican talent, who will be 30 when his contract expires.
ESPNFC, citing a source, says the annual salary for Hernandez could be $9 million a year, which would be the highest in the league.
Teams that could be in the running for him are the Chicago Fire and Orlando City, who expressed interest in the past, as well as teams like LAFC and Atlanta United. LAFC will enter the league in 2018.
Landing Chicharito would be huge news for the league, especially if it comes when he is just 30 years old. That is still an age where he can perform at a high level, and it would go against what we have largely seen in the past with MLS, signing stars way past their prime.
Hernandez started this season in poor form with Leverkusen but has since found his scoring touch. He has 12 goals in 28 matches this campaign.