MLS will be competing with China, Russia, and Quatar for retiring Stars

The unfortunate business stance of the MLS seems to be to add Designated Player spots and bring in aging stars with name recognition. (See: Beckham experiment) Recent news from around the globe suggests that this strategy is going to be much more competitive than previously planned upon.

A succinct wrap of the latest star news from Ben Lyttleton.

Nicolas Anelka turned down offers from three MLS teams — reported to be the Philadelphia Union, the New York Red Bulls and the Montreal Impact — before joining Shanghai Shenhua on a lucrative two-year deal. The Chinese side also wants to sign Didier Drogba from Chelsea, while David Trezeguet, available after a short stint in the UAE, was another target before he signed with River Plate. These players have all been touted for MLS Designated Player slots, but the Chinese market is now competing with teams in Russia, the Gulf States and the MLS to sign them.

Samuel Eto’o currently earns £330,000 per week ($511,000) at Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, while Asamoah Gyan is on £125,000 per week ($193,000)at UAE club Al-Ain.Diego Maradona is a coach in the same league, at Al-Wasl, while Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour also bankrolls Al Jazira.

Next summer, Alessandro Del Piero and Michael Ballack will be on the market. Both players have been linked with MLS sides, but given the new options available to them now, their arrivals may not be as certain as previously thought.

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