Orlando City reject chance to sign Chelsea star as SKC forward preffered – report

Orlando City SC have turned down the chance to sign Chelsea striker Didier Drogba on a free transfer this summer as his wage demands are too high, according to

The 37-year-old Ivorian has announced he will look for one more challenge after winning the Premier League on his return to Chelsea this season and a move to Major League Soccer has been heavily tipped.

New York City FC and Portland Timbers have both been linked with Drogba as have Orlando, but the Lions are not willing to match the player’s astronomical wage demands.

Drogba reportedly wants $8 million for a six-month contract. That’s about $330,000-a-week – an amount Orlando head coach Adrian Heath doesn’t feel is worth it.

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An alternative to Drogba is being looked at though as Orlando are hoping to bring Sporting Kansas City star Dom Dwyer back to Florida in what would be a huge move, again reported by

Dwyer played for Orlando City on loan during the club’s 2013 USL Pro season before going on to produce a career-best campaign in MLS with SKC last term.

The Englishman netted 22 goals in 33 MLS games last campaign and although he hasn’t started in the same rich vein of form in front of goal this season, he is still one of the most lethal strikers in the league.

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The report cites a source who said: “Orlando City offered Sporting KC the most money ever for an MLS player to get Dwyer back, but they still said no.”

Sporting will not want to lose Dwyer at any cost, especially to a rival MLS side, and so a move back to Orlando doesn’t look likely.

But the Lions may return with another offer in the coming months as they look to add another star name in their debut campaign.

Would Dom Dwyer leave Sporting KC for Orlando? Should the Lions offer Drogba $8 million a year?

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