Report: MLS offers Didier Drogba a contract, Chicago Fire in front

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Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, now 37 years old, is without a club at the moment, and Major League Soccer looks to be trying to capitalize on his lack of a contract.

According to a report by ESPN, MLS has offered Drogba a contract but there’s competition from overseas for his signature.

It appears the Ivorian international has options for a final big-money deal, as an unknown Qatari club is also after his services, according to the report.

The contract number being thrown around is $2.5 million per year, and the report indicates he could decide his future this weekend. The team most after his signature is the last-placed Chicago Fire, according to ESPN. Chicago, currently on an MLS-low 18 points with just five wins in 18 matches, already has three Designated Players, but could use the new Targeted Allocation Money to buy one of their cap hits down.

Drogba was vital to Chelsea’s title run last year, despite posting vastly underwhelming numbers. He appeared in 12 of the last 16 matches – starting five, and while he only scored one goal, he proved tenacious and allowed things to open up for his teammates by distracting defenders.

The journeyman said back in May he would be open to a move to Major League Soccer, but that he would “take a few weeks to think about what is good for me next,” adding, “all I want to do is play.”

Drogba reportedly came close to signing with the Chicago Fire back in 2012 before opting for a big-money move to China, joining Shanghai Shenua.