Turns out, the ​Montreal Impact are slowly trying to prepare for life after Didier Drogba. The Ivorian striker's contract ends at the end of the season, and until now there are no reports whether he will extend his tenure with the team, play somewhere else or ultimately retire.


One thing is certain: Montreal doesn't want to wait until Drogba makes a decision. The Canadian franchise is scouting the market and, according to reports coming from Argentina, there is an agreement in place for the Impact to sign Chilean striker Marcelo Larrondo.

The Rosario Central striker has been one of the most pleasant surprises in the Argentinian league this season. He was born in Argentina but elected to play for Chile, although he's yet to make an appearance for the National Team. Larrondo was included in the preliminary squad for the 2016 Copa America, but failed to make the cut due to injury.


Larrondo is widely considered one of the most effective strikers in South America and, if the transfer is confirmed, he would be a perfect replacement for Drogba. Here are some of his best plays this past season:

​​Larrondo would only join the team ahead of the 2017 season, so Montreal would try to loan him somewhere else to play in the second part of the year. River Plate in Argentina and Bologna in Italy have expressed an interest in acquiring him, and it seems the Italian side are the front-runners to sign him. After all, Montreal's president Joey Saputo is also the chairman of Bologna.

​​There's no doubt Larrondo would be a great signing for the team. He has very similar characteristics to Drogba, and he would fit in the team perfectly.