Former Chelsea hitman attracting interest from MLS

Major League Soccer has made a contract offer to Ivorian and former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba but may face competition from an unknown Qatari club, according to ESPN.

It is believed that several teams within the MLS are in the hunt to land Drogba, with the Chicago Fire currently in pole position to seal the deal. The Fire are understood to be willing to offer the 37-year-old an 18-month contract worth around $2.5 million per year.

Chicago already has three Designated Players in its squad – namely Shaun Maloney, David Accam and Kennedy Igboananike – so were the club to sign Drogba, they would have to use some of the new Targeted Allocation Money to buy down the salary of one of those players to comply with MLS roster rules.

However, with a club based in Qatar also supposedly keen on securing his services, the Fire would have to pull out all the stops to get their man.

Drogba has been a free agent since his deal with Premier League champions Chelsea expired at the end of last season. He scored seven goals in 38 appearances in all competitions during his second spell at the club.