ESPN FC, today, reported that current Bayer Leverkusen striker, Javier Hernandez, could make a move to MLS next summer.
The Mexican international has been plying his trade in the Bundesliga since 2015 after six years spent with Manchester United, which included a loan spell to La Liga giants Real Madrid in 2014-15.
Chicharito, as he is commonly known, has played in 47 German league matches, scoring 27 times, and is one of the main sources of attack for his current club.
However, according to the article written by Jeff Carlisle, it is possible that he could sign with the league once his contract expires in the summer of 2018. This would be big for MLS because that means that there would be no transfer fee involved.
Where could he wind up?
Well, probably somewhere in Southern California. LAFC, who begin play in 2018, are rumored to be in the mix for his signature, as are the LA Galaxy.
His contract, however, remains an issue. It is suggested that his salary, per year, would be upwards of $9 million, not including any sort of marketing rights added while in the States.
What would this mean for the Galaxy?
First, it’ll add depth to the forward position which is quite thin this season, with Gyasi Zardes as the only true striker on the roster with any sustained MLS experience.
Secondly, Hernandez would be linking up with fellow Mexican international Giovani dos Santos, in what could be the league’s most formidable attack should this rumor come true.
And finally, with the aforementioned LAFC coming into the league next season, a signing like Hernandez would attract even more regular supporters, as the two sides compete for attendance prowess in the already saturated market.
There is no question that nothing but good things can come from signing the 28-year-old Hernandez.