Having said goodbye to Chelsea for the second time at the end of the 2014-15 Premier League season, Didier Drogba has attracted the attention of a number of clubs across the globe without any confirmed deal.
His future could become a lot clearer by the weekend however, after long-time suitors, Chicago Fire, revealed they expect an answer from the Chelsea legend about a possible move "in the next 48 hours."
Chicago are hoping Drogba will become the latest big-name to arrive in Major League Soccer, following in the footsteps of the likes of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Kaka and Andrea Pirlo - all of whom arrived stateside this summer.
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The Fire face stiff competition for the Ivorian's signature however, with fellow MLS side the Montreal Impact as well as European giants Inter Milan also in the running.
Chicago Fire head coach Frank Yallop has now though outlined a deadline of sorts regarding their pursuit of the veteran striker.
"We're waiting on an answer, probably in the next 48 hours or so," Yallop explained after his team's 3-1 Open Cup win over Orlando City.
"We're just waiting for a decision from their side on what way he wants to go. He has choices. We feel that we've put a pretty good pitch in. He's very happy with what we've done, but, again, it's up to the person himself to choose, and we'll see."
Despite having recently celebrated his 37th birthday there is no doubt that Didier Drogba would still prove a major asset in MLS, both on and off the field.
Drogba's role was limited during his second spell with Chelsea but he still played a role in helping the West London club to another Premier League title. In total, Drogba has 166 goals in 326 games during his career as a whole and would surely be confident of adding a few more should he link up with Chicago.
With offers still coming in from Europe however it remains to be seen whether the veteran is willing to relocate to the United States. The fire will be hoping he does as they desperately seek some added firepower after a difficult start to the 2015 MLS season.
While Didier Drogba continues to weigh up the potential MLS move his former manager, Jose Mourinho, has backed him to succeed across the pond:
"If I owned a club I would immediately think about a player like him - a man like him - to be the centre of the club's universe," the Chelsea boss said this week.
"He is very strong in the dressing room. He is very strong in his image. He is a great example of a club man."
Chelsea fans: Could Drogba have played one more season in the Premier League? Have your say in the comments below...
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