New York City FC and Didier Drogba are reportedly in advanced talks about a move that would unite the Ivorian with Frank Lampard in New York City according to the Daily Mail.
Drogba has spurned many lucrative offers from Middle Eastern clubs, and is looking for a MLS job. He was linked with the New York Red Bulls earlier this summer.
Last season, Drogba was with Chelsea FC where he served as a third striker behind Diego Costa and Loic Remy. Drogba appeared in 20 matches, totaling 4 goals and 1 assist on the season.
While Patrick Mullins did impress during NYCFC’s draw vs Toronto FC, Drogba could create a lethal strike partnership alongside NYCFC captain David Villa.
After Andrea Pirlo filled the third and final designated player spot, Drogba would come on as a standard player, not a designated player.
Also important to note, after the Jefferson Mena signing on Tuesday, NYCFC’s roster stands at 29, 30 including Drogba. The MLS dictates that 28 players is the maximum for a roster, so cuts will be made whether Drogba signs or not.
While at 37-years-old Drogba’s playing career is nearing its end, he brings a winning pedigree and still was competitive in the Barclays Premier League last season. Drogba would have a massive impact at NYCFC.
However, these are just rumors, and the deal is not even close to happening. With Lampard on the squad, it is certainly a possibility however that Drogba would want to unite with his teammate. It will be interesting to watch this playout.