D.C. United is on the verge of signing U.S. international midfielder Paul Arriola, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.
United will pay a transfer fee in excess of $3 million to Arriola’s current team, Club Tijuana, and will also pay Arriola an annual salary of more than $1 million per season.
The Washington Post was the first to report the news.
Sources say D.C. United will send a combination of general allocation money and targeted allocation money of around $500,000 to the LA Galaxy in order to acquire Arriola’s MLS rights.
The Galaxy held those rights as a result of Arriola spending time in the club’s academy and having offered him a homegrown contract, and was thus considered a Homegrown Player. He later spurned MLS and the Galaxy in order to sign with Tijuana in 2013.
In his four years with Xolos, Arriola made 114 league and club appearances, scoring 11 goals.
A source confirmed that Arriola is expected to arrive in the nation’s capital on Wednesday afternoon, at which point he will undergo a physical. If all goes well, he will sign his contract later in the day.
The move is the latest in what is amounting to a roster overhaul for United, though the chances of the Black-and-Red making the playoffs seems remote at this stage, with United sitting in last place in the Eastern Conference, with just 19 points in 23 matches.
However, the team has moved aggressively in recent days, acquiring Hungarian midfielder Zoltan Stieber, Bolivian forward Bruno Miranda, and U.S. midfielder Russell Canouse.
Arriola has seen his stock rise considerably during the calendar year, as he’s solidified his spot on the U.S. national team, and was part of the Americans’ winning effort at the just-concluded Gold Cup.
All told he has made 11 appearances with the U.S., scoring two goals.
Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreyCarlisle.