The LA Galaxy didn't take long to find a new superstar to replace their departing superstar, and in the process nab a player MLS has spent years pursuing.
According to multiple reports Friday night, the Galaxy have signed Mexican star Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez from Sevilla, paying the Spanish club a transfer fee of close to $10 million and making Hernandez the highest-paid player in the league.
Sports Illustrated reported Hernandez will make $6 million annually in guaranteed money as part of a three-year deal that is also filled with incentives.
Hernandez effectively replaces striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored 52 goals in 53 games over two seasons for the Galaxy before he joined Italian side AC Milan, where he has already scored a goal in two games.
The 31-year-old Hernandez started his club career with Mexico's Guadalajara in 2006 before seeing time at Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen and West Ham before moving to Spain. He has 115 career goals for his club teams.
Hernandez has also been productive for Mexico's national team, scoring a national-record 52 goals in 109 appearances while participating in three World Cups.
The move also gives perhaps MLS' biggest rivalry between teams a marquee one-on-one matchup, as well, as Los Angeles FC's Carlos Vela -- the reigning MLS MVP -- plays on the Mexican national team with Hernandez.
--Field Level Media