Portland Timbers owner admits interest in Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba

Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson would love to add long-time MLS target Didier Drogba to his team, but concedes that signing the Chelsea legend would be a tall order.

Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson has admitted that he would love to bring Didier Drogba to the MLS club in the future.

In a Q&A session with fans on Facebook, Paulson conceded that the chances of the club landing the Chelsea striker at this point were slim, but did stress that a big-name addition remains atop his agenda.

“[Drogba] is a unique guy who, despite his age, is uniquely skilled to clean up in MLS,” he wrote. “The league almost signed him a couple years ago and I know my coach would love him to be a Timber, but I highly doubt it at this point.”

Drogba, 36, has long-been linked with a switch to MLS, and even revealed his interested in moving to the league in August 2013, telling Sports Illustrated: "I don't know, maybe one day it would be another challenge.

“For now I'm more focused on what I can do with Galatasaray. But if the time comes and if there is a possibility [in MLS], why not?"

Portland’s main rivals, the Seattle Sounders, were reported to be chasing Drogba’s signature through the first-half of 2014, prior to him returning to Chelsea, while the likes of the Chicago Fire and the New York Red Bulls have also been mentioned as potential suitors in the past.

Portland themselves, though, currently have all three Designated Player slots filled, meaning there would have to be some roster manoeuvring in order to accommodate the Blues legend’s potential arrival should he opt for the US once his contract at Stamford Bridge expires this summer.

Whatever the case, Drogba moving to the Timbers seems much more probable than a potential approach for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with Paulson declaring that “there are a dozen guys or more” he would pick before Paris Saint-Germain star.

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