Maloney’s current contract at Wigan is set to expire at the end of the season, but Chicago want him to join up with the squad in time for the start of the new season in March, and have made a move to sign the 31-year-old.
The Fire have been linked with a move for the Scottish midfielder for some time, but any move looked to have been doomed when Wigan accepted an offer from Premier League side Leicester City.
However, Maloney could not agree personal terms with Leicester, and he is now set to become the latest British talent to make the move stateside to play in Major League Soccer.
“We’ve agreed terms with Chicago Fire for Shaun to leave imminently, so that is something that is going to be happening in the next day or so,” Wigan boss Malky Mackay told BBC Radio Manchester.
“There’s a deal been struck as to why Shaun’s not going to be waiting until the summer.
“There’s a financial situation and I’m respectful of the club’s position – I’ve got to be prudent in terms of the saving that we will make on Shaun’s wages and the transfer fee that can then be put to other things.”
The Chicago Fire have made numerous changes this offseason and have already added two international strikers on Designated Player contracts in David Accam and Kennedy Igboananike.
Shaun Maloney will add so much creativity to the side and will undoubtedly help the development of Harry Shipp.
Maloney has scored two goals and picked up three assists in 20 games for Wigan this season.
Is Shaun Maloney a good signing for the Chicago Fire?