DaMarcus Beasley and his advisors are in discussions with Major League Soccer over a potential move for the U.S. left back from Puebla, his current club in the Mexican league, a source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN FC on Tuesday.
Last week, Beasley told a fan last week via Twitter that he would not be returning to Puebla.
"I would literally play almost anywhere," Beasley told The (Fort Wayne) News-Sentinel on Friday during an event at his soccer school. "I'm excited to get back on the field, excited for a new journey. Where that will be I don't know yet."
On Monday, Chicago Fire technical director Brian Bliss said that Beasley was probably out of their bidding budget.
"We've talked about it, but the numbers are probably a bit out of our range," Bliss told the Chicago Tribune. "We'd like to pursue it but I don't think it makes sense for us."
MLS allocation rules give Toronto FC first bid. If Toronto declines, Columbus, FC Dallas, D.C. United and Vancouver would follow in turn ahead of the sixth-place Fire.
Beasley played 98 games for the Fire from 2000-2004 and then played in Germany, the Netherlands, Scotland and England. He spent the past two seasons with Puebla with 10 goals in 59 appearances.