Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has reached an agreement with Los Angeles Galaxy and his move to the reigning MLS champions, which will be completed in the summer, could be confirmed this week.
It is reported by the LA Times, who cite confirmation from an anonymous Galaxy source, that Gerrard will sign an 18-month contract and will earn around $6 million-per-season during his time at the StubHub Center.
Gerrard confirmed over the weekend that he would bring an end to his long and distinguished career with Liverpool following the expiration of his contract when the season finishes, and outlined the USA as his destination.
“I can tell the supporters at the moment that it will be America,” he said. “I’ll be going to play in America but I’m not over the line with any team just yet.”
While this deal represents a notable moment in the history of MLS, Gerrard will become only the fifth highest paid player in the league despite the lucrative salary on offer from the Galaxy.
Brazilian icon and former world player of the year, Kaka, heads the salary list and will pocket over $7 million-per-season when he officially joins Orlando City, who will enter the league in 2015.
Kaka has been on loan with Sao Paulo as he awaits to join Orlando, and the question for Gerrard will now be where he plays his football in the time between duties ending with Liverpool and beginning with Galaxy.
There will be a period of around six months in which Gerrard must keep himself busy, and it is likely that he will need to remain in competitive action rather than just train with Liverpool, which could perhaps be an option.