Didier Drogba, arguably one of the most prolific strikers to have graced the Barclays Premier League, is on the brink of joining the Montreal Impact, pending his signature.
According to a report from ESPN FC released Sunday afternoon, the Impact obtained the MLS discovery rights to the former Ivorian striker from the Fire, who, on Saturday, were reportedly pinned in intense negotiations with their Eastern Conference foe to acquire Drogba's services.
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The 37-year-old was said to have been offered an 18-month, $2.5 million contract earlier in the week by the Fire, who also upped that bid to land the Chelsea legend. As of Sunday, the momentum seems to have swung in favor of Montreal, whose current offer would see Drogba sign an 18-month deal worth "in excess of $3 million per year." The Fire relinquished his rights to the Canadian outfit and, according to the latest report, could receive a "substantial amount of targeted and regular allocation money well in excess of $100,000" in compensation as a result.
The deal is contingent on Drogba putting pen to paper, which could be a formality as the prospect of playing in a francophone market proved to be a tipping point, as Impact president Joey Saputo indicated in an interview with TSN Radio Montreal 690 last week.
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What's more, ESPN color analyst Taylor Twellman announced at halftime of Sunday's D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union match that he anticipates new developments to arise within 24 to 48 hours:
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The MLS secondary transfer window closes on Aug. 6, giving head coach Frank Yallop -- who's expressed interest in purchasing a striker and defender -- a 10-day period to shore up his side.