Montreal Impact are set to in sign Didier Drogba after Chicago Fire admitted defeat in the race for the striker’s signature according to Jeff Carlisle of ESPN FC.
It has been reported that an 18-month-contract worth over $3 million is poised to be signed between Drogba and the Impact.
Drogba may have scored just seven goals in all competitions last season, but the retirement league stereotype that surrounds the MLS takes no notice. The image of Drogba in a Montreal Impact shirt looks to be too much of an exciting prospect for club owner Joey Saputo.
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The fight between Montreal and Chicago for the former Chelsea front man resulted in one of co-operation between the two clubs regarding the player.
After discovering that Montreal was Drogba’s preferred destination, Fire have in the last few days sold Drogba’s right to the Impact which was described by one source close to the deal as a “substantial amount of targeted and regular allocation money” believed to be over $100,000.
This comes after the Ivory Coast international snubbed a $2.5 million annual contract offer by Chicago (reported by Carlisle on July 17).
Fire currently lie rock bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference while Montreal find themselves in the sixth and final play-off spot having played five games fewer than New England Revolution, who themselves currently occupy fifth spot.
However, this isn’t quite a done deal yet. Inter Milan are rumoured to be following the 37-year-old (yes, he’s now 37) who admitted in an interview last week that the Italian side could be an option if they really are interested in him.