It appears that some MLS teams are becoming a little jealous of the success that Toronto FC has accumulated in the past few days. Reports are coming out of New York that the Red Bulls are in talks with both Didier Drogba and Xavi.
The rumor of the Drogba deal surfaced just a few days ago when he was spotted in New York having dinner with Red Bulls officials. Drogba was visiting the Big Apple for his winter vacation. From all reports, it sounds like Didier responded very positively about the possibility of a move to New York in the near future. Having an already explosive attack, New York would become even more dangerous if they could capture the Ivory Coast international. Drogba is the all-time leading scorer for his country and has played for top clubs like Chelsea, Galatasaray and Marseille. This is still a long way from becoming a reality, but with how things have progressed so far, it could become a reality in the near future.
One other rumor that surfaced yesterday is that New York forward and soccer legend Thierry Henry has been in talks with Barcelona midfielder Xavi about him joining the Red Bulls. According to all sources, there is no deal about this actually happening. Especially since Xavi’s contract is not up until 2016. What is known for certain, though, is that Xavi has expressed interest in possibly leaving Barca if his role starts to diminish in the second half of the season. It is also known that two other clubs have been inquiring about the services of the Spanish international in Bayer Leverkusen and PSG.
Although the Xavi rumor has surfaced as only a rumor, it is still interesting to think about. If Henry has been in talks with Xavi, it is well known that he can be very persuasive. Stay tuned to Rant Sports Soccer for more details in the coming weeks once more is learned about both of these deals.
I understand what most of you are thinking: “They both will be old and washed-up by the time both players come to the MLS, if they even come at all.” Yes, that is a valid point, but if more players like these two continue to come over it will allow them to do what Henry is doing now and tell other players to bring their talent to the US. It is a long-shot, but don’t be surprised if it happens.