TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Reports
Wed., Jan 15
Strap in, because here we go: According to multiple reports, including Kevin Baxter of the LA Times, the LA Galaxy are closing in on a deal for Mexico superstar Javier "Chicarito" Hernandez.
Galaxy closing in on deal with Mexican star ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez— Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11) January 15, 2020
Baxter reports that no deal is finalized yet but that the club are beginning to make arrangements for an announcement. The club would be likely to break their own transfer record, which is currently the $7 million they spent to acquire Giovani dos Santos in 2015.
Sun., Jan. 12
The simmering Chicharito-to-Galaxy story on the transfer-window hot stove got dialed up a few more notches over the weekend as Spanish outlet AS reported that the two sides are set to meet to discuss contract terms. His limited prospects for significant minutes at Sevilla continue to be a key driver for the player, it's said:
If the Galaxy offer manages to convince Chicharito, Los Angeles would pay almost 10 million to Seville plus Hernandez's salary, surpassing the signing of Giovani dos Santos and Jonathan dos Santos, which was between 6 and 5 million euros [$5.5-6.7 million].
Fri., Jan. 10
The LA Galaxy want Chicharito Hernandez and reports are that the interest is mutual.
Sergio Dipp of ESPN Deportes reports that Chicharito's team has approached Sevilla asking about playing time for the Mexican star ahead of the second half of their La Liga season. But the Spanish club is apparently set on Luuk de Jong as their center forward.
"What Chicharito wants most is to play," Dipp reported on ESPN Deportes. "It's not the first time that an MLS team is chasing him, but it is the first time that Chicharito is interested in an MLS [move]."
Wed., Jan. 8
The LA Galaxy will look to understand more about Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez's situation next week as they explore the possibility of signing him as a replacement for outgoing forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to a report from ESPN Deportes.
Additionally, Madrid-based journalist Manu Martin has said the Galaxy are prepared to offer Sevilla a $10 million transfer fee for the Mexico national team's all-time leading scorer, who has not made 20 or more league starts since he played for the Bundesliga's Bayer Leverkusen in the 2016-17 campaign.
Report out of Spain is claiming that @LAGalaxy will make a $10M offer for @CH14_ in the coming week.— herculez gomez (@herculezg) January 8, 2020
HUGE signing for them (and MLS) if it materializes.
Huge. No bigger name in Mexican Futbol. #MLS #ElTriEng https://t.co/krZYEjPalP
Hernandez, 31, has been out of favor at Sevilla, starting in only four of his nine La Liga appearances this season and scoring once.
That could mean an MLS move is closer than ever for the former Chivas and Manchester United star, who has been linked to MLS plenty in the past.
Kevin Baxter of the LA Times asked Galaxy GM Dennis te Kloese about the reports on Wednesday, and while Te Kloese admitted signing Chicharito would be "a challenge," he did not deny outright interest from the club:
Regarding Chicharito to the @LAGalaxy, Spoke to Dennis te Kloese about that Tuesday. He said: "He went from West Ham to Sevilla and he's been there for 4 months only. That makes it a little bit hard for both player and club. I think that's going to be a challenge."— Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11) January 8, 2020
Previously, the Galaxy, LAFC and incoming 2021 expansion side Austin FC have been named among potential MLS landing spots. Late last year, he told the LA Times he was "definitely" interested in MLS as a possible future destination.
Hernandez has 52 national team goals and — according to FBref.com — 115 in his club league career.