AFSTZ: Chicago Fire increase Drogba offer
The Chicago Fire have increased their contract offer to former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, according to reports on Tuesday.
Africa Football Shop sources confirmed last week that Chigago fire had offered Drogba an 18-month contract worth $2.5 million a year.
The club now also confirmed on Tuesday that negotiations were ongoing with the Ivorian international over the past three weeks.
“The Chicago Fire are interested in signing Didier Drogba and have been in direct contact with the player and his agent to negotiate a contract,” said club vice president Doug Hicks in a statement.
“We would love to have Mr. Drogba join our club and we are working within the rules set by Major League Soccer for the discovery process.
“In accordance with those rules, it is inappropriate for anyone outside our club to infringe upon this process.”
The Fire face competition from a Qatari club and Montreal Impact, who revealed to TVA on Monday that they are also negotiating to bring the 37-year-old to MLS.
TVA reported that the Fire have priority to sign the 37-year-old, but Drogba would prefer Montreal, where he can speak his native French.