Most professional leagues in the Eastern hemisphere are finishing their respective season and heading into the summer transfer window, while Major League soccer in America just begun roughly two months ago.
And if certain players approaching the end of their careers are looking to stay in the game and try something new, MLS becomes a feasible transfer destination.
British paper The Telegraph reported that Drogba was seeking a move to new MLS side New York City FC, currently home to ex-Barcelona striker David Villa and Frank Lampard, who is expected to arrive in July from Manchester City.
The forward scored 100 goals in 226 overall appearances with the Blues in his first stint at Stamford Bridge which lasted eight years before he signed a lucrative contract with Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua in 2012. He then spent a year at Galatasaray prior to his return to Chelsea this summer.
Drogba, the Ivory Coast’s all-time leading scorer, announced he would play his last game–a 3-1 win over Sunderland–with Chelsea, and has said that he wants to play “at least one more season” in professional soccer.
Pirlo, on the other hand, is reported to have collected an offer from MLS and has revealed he will keep performing as long as he continues to train hard. He specifically noted that America is an option for him.
“I won’t stop playing; I’ll go on as long as I have the same great desire to keep training every day,” he said. “Juventus will be my last Serie A team, whatever happens. MLS could be an idea, but for the moment I don’t have anything; Juve are the only thing on my mind.”
The 36-year-old is the fourth most-capped player in Italian national team history and was nominated for the Ballon d’Or on several occasions. Establishing himself as one of the world’s best midfielders during his ten-year tenure with AC Milan, Pirlo made the switch to Juventus in 2011.
With one year left on his contract, Pirlo is likely feeling out his options with no serious intent to leave quite yet.
Drogba’s a different story, given his confirmed departure.