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No MLS offer for Chicharito yet, says agent

Why might he say that?

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The rumors of MLS expansion team Los Angeles Football Club pursuing Mexican superstar Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez have picked up momentum in recent weeks, but one person in the know appears to be tapping the brakes on considering it a done deal.

Chicharito’s agent Eduardo Hernandez said this week that while there is interest in his client, currently at German side Bayer Leverkusen, there has yet been no concrete offer for the reported $10 million/year contract as reported over the weekend by Metro’s Kristian Dyer.

To be fair, no one has reported that there is a definite offer from MLS/LAFC on the table to Chicharito, and reports have pretty firmly remained speculation and/or anonymously sourced reports rather than claims that any deal is imminent. There is a lot of smoke, but as yet no all-out fire.

So why would Hernandez publicly say there’s no offer at this point? I think it’s to give MLS a greater sense of urgency in the public realm, while also alerting other teams and leagues that Chicharito is probably going to be available very soon. In other words, the agent is providing a basic statement of fact, but he’s also trying to drive the price up and get a deal done, somewhere, in the near term.

We’ll keep you posted on new developments in this story.

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