Chelsea legend to follow Liverpool ace to MLS?

Didier Drogba could make a summer move to America to join Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard, with the Portland Timbers interested in the Chelsea legend.

The 36-year-old Ivorian re-joined the Blues before the start of the current season on a one-year deal to act as cover for star man Diego Costa, and has impressed under the guidance of Jose Mourinho.

With Drogba an icon in west London and hugely respected at the club, a move into the team’s backroom staff at the end of the season has been mooted, with the African hero expected to call time on his long and successful career.

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However, the Timbers’ owner, Meritt Paulson, says that he would love to offer the ageing ace one last challenge in the MLS:

“Drogba is a unique guy who, despite his age, is uniquely skilled to clean up in MLS,” he is quoted by the Daily Star.

“The MLS almost signed him a couple years ago and I know my coach would love him to be a Timber.”

Drogba has suggested in the past that he would be interested in playing in America and has shown a willingness to ply his trade in emerging divisions following a spell with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in 2012.

The Portland Timbers are one of the MLS’s newer sides having only joined the league in 2011 and boast one ex-Premier League player in the shape of Liam Ridgewell.