Sources have confirmed to ESPN that San Diego’s new Major League Soccer expansion team is poised to acquire PSV Eindhoven and Mexico national team winger Hirving “Chucky” Lozano as a Designated Player.

Lozano will continue with the reigning Eredivisie champions for the next six months and will join San Diego on January 1, ahead of their MLS debut in February 2025.

His projected salary is between $7 and $9 million, positioning him among the top five highest-paid players in the league based on guaranteed compensation.

Although Lozano has yet to sign a contract, the deal is anticipated to finalize soon, with an official announcement expected shortly, marking him as the expansion team’s first Designated Player.

The left-winger recorded six goals in 29 matches across all competitions for PSV during the 2023-24 season, contributing to their first Eredivisie title in six years.

Lozano previously won the Eredivisie title with PSV in 2018 and the Serie A title with Napoli in 2023. Before his international career, he secured the Liga MX Clausura in 2016 and the Concacaf Champions League in 2017 with Pachuca.

With the Mexican national team, Lozano has scored 18 goals in 70 appearances and played in both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, notably scoring against Germany in the 2018 group stage, a performance that facilitated his transfer from PSV to Napoli.

However, Lozano will not be part of Mexico’s squad for the upcoming Copa América.

San Diego has signed three players so far: goalkeeper Duran Ferree, and Danish veterans Jeppe Tverskov and Marcus Ingvartsen, who currently play for San Diego’s partner club FC Nordsjælland. They are expected to join the MLS team for preseason in January, alongside Lozano.

The team has not yet announced a head coach or sporting director, following the breakdown of negotiations with AS Monaco technical director Carlos Aviña Ibarrola earlier this year.