Several clubs are said to be interested in the Chelsea legend, who is a free-agent after leaving the Blues at the end of his one-year contract in June – just one month after winning an impressive fourth Premier League title with the club he scored 164 goals for in all competitions.
Chicago Fire are believed to be heading the list of those in pursuit of Drogba, with the player himself seemingly keen on a move to the US before retiring.Embed from Getty Images
Chicago have three Designated Players already on their roster and would therefore need to buy down the contract of either David Accam or Kennedy Igboananike to accommodate Drogba on a reported 18-month contract worth $2.5 million per year, in the same way LA Galaxy did with Omar Gonzalez to sign Giovani Dos Santos earlier this week.
That would make sense as to why Drogba has not yet sealed a move to MLS, with an unknown club from Qatar also in the hunt for his services.
Wages could be a huge factor, with a report last month suggesting Drogba wanted $8 million for a six-month contract with Orlando City SC. So the offer MLS has put on the table will need to be an attractive one if one of the Premier League’s greatest strikers is to become the latest star to join MLS.
A move to Montreal would be an enormous one for the organisation and the TSN report indicates: “Drogba has made it abundantly clear to the Impact that la belle ville is the Special One as far as MLS is concerned.”Embed from Getty Images
But with Chicago topping the Discovery List for the player, a move to Canada appears unlikely, unless MLS changes it’s player allocation mechanisms which are so often criticised.
As it stands, if Drogba pens the MLS deal being offered he would be set to join the club that has first option on him through the Discovery List system, so that would see him join Frank Yallop at the Chicago Fire.
The longer this projected move goes on, the less likely it is we’ll see Didier Drogba scoring goals in Major League Soccer.
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