Years of rumors and speculations are finally coming to an end as TUDN’s Gibran Araige confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez will be joining LA Galaxy for the start of the 2020 MLS season.
The mill began to churn again last week after sources confirmed LA Galaxy were in discussion with Sevilla about transferring ‘Chicharito’ to Los Angeles on a $10 million fee, given the Spanish club had just acquired him from West Ham last summer for $8.7 million. Talks began to get serious when it became evident to Hernandez that after just 15 league and cup appearances, his lack of playing time would not change for the better in La Liga.
Given the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored 29 goals last season and had a combined total of 58 goals during his time with LA Galaxy, the acquisition of Hernandez would be a helpful transition given the Mexican player’s ability to put himself in good positions to score those necessary goals (he is Mexico’s leading goalscorer) and the clear marketing power he will have with the millions of Latinos that reside in Los Angeles.
‘Chicarito’ leaves Europe with a combined total of 128 goals, 59 of those coming from his time with his first European team, Manchester United.
Reports from ESPN Mexico state the official announcement will be out sometime on Wednesday, just before MLS Media Day is set to kick off on Thursday, January 16th at Banc of California Stadium.