The 37-year-old Ivorian striker, who scored more than 160 goals (all competitions) in nine seasons and won the 2012 UEFA Champions League title with Premier League side Chelsea, has reportedly expressed a strong to desire to land in French-speaking Montreal and play fot the Impact, as opposed to the Chicago Fire, who currently hold his MLS rights through the league’s discovery process.
On Saturday it was reported that the two sides were deep in negotiations for the Impact to acquire Drogba’s MLS rights. On Sunday, ESPN FC’s Jeffrey Carlisle reported that a deal has been struck between the Impact and Fire that will see the former Ivory Coast captain sign an 18-month contract “in excess of $3 million per year.”
As for the Fire’s compensation, it sounds like they’ve made out like bandits, considering they never paid a penny to/for Drogba and will still receive a hefty chunk of allocation money (multiple types, too) in return.
When Drogba indicated his preference was to be in Montreal, the Fire traded his rights to the Impact in exchange for what one source with knowledge of the deal described as a “substantial amount of targeted and regular allocation money” well in excess of $100,000.
If the deal comes to fruition, Drogba will immediately fill the greatest need — center forward capable of holding the ball up and finishing chances — for an Impact side currently holding onto the sixth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference. With ample talent around him, Drogba will almost certainly score goals and lead Montreal back into the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Celta’s Santi Mina scored in 85th minute to give a depleted Celta Vigo a precious point at the Santiago Bernabeu, spoiling Eden Hazard‘s return to Real Madrid’s lineup after a notable absence.
Madrid’s eighth draw of the season moves champions Barcelona just one point behind Zinedine Zidane’s side.
Returning from ankle injury that kept his out of action for three months, Hazard returned to the pitch in fine style, leading all players on the field in chances created with three and earning a penalty that Sergio Ramos converted to put Real Madrid ahead.
Hazard – and all of his flair – left the field in the 70th minute, granting Vinicius Junior the final 20 minutes of the match.
Ramos’ sixth goal of the season builded on Toni Kroos’ left-footed strike early in the latter half of the match. Real Madrid, more or less, were cruising against Celta, who had a goal to their name following Fyodor Smolov’s early opener.
Celta, who had arrived in Madrid in 18th place and had lost their last seven at the host’s home, were destined to do the unthinkable. Denis Suarez and Mina – both utilized as substitutes – paired up for the equalizer with five minutes to go, spoiling Hazard’s return.
LIBSON, Portugal — FC Porto striker Moussa Marega, who tried to walk off the field after being the target of racist slurs from fans, faced apparent attempts Sunday by his own teammates and opposition players to prevent him from leaving.
Marega, who is black and from Mali, was visibly angered by monkey noises targeting him after he scored Porto’s second goal in a 2-1 win at Guimarães in the Portuguese football league.
But when Marega started to walk off the field, several players from both Porto and Guimarães appeared to argue with him. Porto coach Sérgio Conceição also went on the field and spoke with Marega.
It took Marega several minutes to leave the field when he was substituted.
Marega held his thumbs down at the crowd as he went into the tunnel to the changing rooms. The crowd responded with loud jeers.
The attitude of the other players has drawn criticism on social media.
“We are indignant with what has happened. Moussa was insulted from warmups (before kickoff),” Conceição said after the match.
“We are a family. One’s nationality, color, or height does not matter. We are human beings. We deserve respect and what happened was despicable.”
Marega received a yellow card following his goal in the 61st minute when he appeared to respond to the slurs by pointing at his skin and by picking up a seat that had been thrown on the pitch.
Timothy Weah returns to action with Lille after lengthy| absence
Why did Manchester United let Young walk away from Old Trafford during the winter transfer window? Surely, Young will answer that in detail when the time is right. At this moment, he’s too busy scoring goals – stellar ones, too – as we can see for ourselves above.
Young arrived at Inter in January on a reported $2-million deal for the remainder of the season, with an option to extend for another season.