Matt Crocker, the U.S. Soccer Federation executive who chose Emma Hayes to coach the women’s national team, is in London for meetings with Hayes’s employer, Chelsea FC, to discuss her availability before she takes the full-time reins in May, people familiar with the situation said Monday.

Hayes has agreed to a long-term contract with the USSF, several people said Saturday, replacing Vlatko Andonovski, who stepped down after a round-of-16 elimination at the World Cup in August.

Because Hayes remains committed to Chelsea until the end of the English season, however, the sides must devise a transatlantic arrangement that allows her to remain with the reigning Women’s Super League champions while also beginning to implement her ideas for the United States ahead of the Paris Olympics next summer.

Over the weekend, the USSF’s board of directors approved the deal, which would rival men’s coach Gregg Berhalter’s $1.6 million salary, according to two people who did not want to be identified because they are not authorized to discuss the matter. Andonovski was making about $450,000.