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Montreal Impact battling with Chicago Fire to sign Didier Drogba


Didier Drogba, Chelsea FC & Montreal Impact

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Didier Drogba is a man in demand.

The 37-year-old striker is currently out of contract after winning the Premier League title last season at Chelsea, and Drogba is being lined up by two Major League Soccer franchises.

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Both the Chicago Fire and the Montreal Impact is keen to add Drogba, with the Ivory Coast legend said to be keen on a switch to Quebec over the Windy City.

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Speaking about their interest in Drogba, the Montreal Impact’s outspoken owner Joey Saputo told radio station TSN 690 on Monday that they’ve held talks with Drogba and are desperate to get him on board.

“I personally spoke to Didier. The ball is now in his camp. This is now beyond our control,” Saputo said. “We will do everything we can to bring Drogba to Montreal. I know that the Fire is also in discussion with him. We’ll see what happens. I hope we will be lucky and he will decide to continue his career here. I think he can help us on many levels. It would fit perfectly with us. In addition, we are in a Francophone market.”

The only issue here is that Chicago are said to have Drogba’s “discovery rights” and would have first pick if he decided to join MLS. Yes, those rules still exist in MLS.

With both clubs keen to sign Drogba, will we see a situation similar to when Jermaine Jones arrived in MLS and a lottery pick had to decide if either the Chicago Fire or New England Revolution would pick him up? Let’s wait and see if it gets that far as Drogba is likely to have other options if all this hassle puts him off playing in North America’s top flight.

And by the way, here is the entire ruling on the discovery process and how it works in MLS.

As you try and wrap your head around that, think about how much either Chicago or Montreal would improve with Drogba up top. He scored seven times for Chelsea in 38 appearances last season and if he joins the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Kaka in MLS, he will at least get into double figures during a full season.

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