Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is on the brink of finalising an 18-month deal to join Los Angeles Galaxy.
The former England will sign a contract worth about £6 million across the full term of the deal, making him one of the highest earners in Major League Soccer.
An announcement is expected this week following Friday’s shock news that Gerrard will quit Liverpool at the end of the season. He will be available to join the Galaxy once his Reds contract expires in June.
David Beckham famously spent five years at the LA club until 2012, while Gerrard’s ex-Liverpool team-mate Robbie Keane currently plays for the Galaxy.
While MLS has a salary cap structure, each club has three designated player places, which they can use to sign star players.
The retirement of 32-year-old Galaxy captain Landon Donovan, MLS’s all-time top scorer, has paved the way for Gerrard to join the league as one of its top earners. Gerrard’s deal is worth around £4m a year, or about £76,000 per week.
The 2015 MLS season runs from March through to October. The full fixtures list will be announced on Wednesday. He will join former England midfield partner Frank Lampard in swapping the Premier League for the US.