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LA Galaxy complete Chicharito signing, says SI’s Grant Wahl

Mexican superstar appears bound for MLS.

Um Escobedo v Sevilla - Spanish Copa del Rey Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

The Chicharito transfer saga has been rumbling on for the LA Galaxy this week, and the latest comes from’s Grant Wahl, who reported on Friday morning that the Galaxy have completed a deal to sign Chicharito from Spanish club Sevilla, per unnamed sources. The report indicates a contract has been signed and Chicharito will be the highest-paid player in MLS.

Wahl is a reputable source, and the latest comes a day after reports from American sources claimed a deal could be on the rocks. Despite that, this pursuit of Chicharito, after years in which numerous MLS teams tried to chase the Mexican superstar, to no avail, appeared to be trending to a successful deal for the Galaxy all week.

Chicharito will immediately be the biggest star in MLS, being immensely popular in both Mexico and the United States, and coming to a city that has such a large Mexican-heritage population is a no-brainer. While the recent past of Mexican stars in LA is checkered — Giovani dos Santos turned out to be a flop for the Galaxy but his brother Jonathan has been good for the same team and Carlos Vela has been a hit for LAFC and is the reigning MLS MVP — Chicharito is a slam dunk for MLS and the Galaxy on a marketing front, and he is a very good bet to be in the Golden Boot reckoning this season.

The report is not yet confirmed by the Galaxy, but again, Wahl is a very reputable source and the signs have been trending to this signing being done eventually all week. Consider this transfer effectively set, and we’ll see the full rollout from the Galaxy pretty soon, likely. Buckle up for the Chicharito show in Los Angeles! It’s probably going to be a terrific ride.

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