Rumor: To Anzhi Makhachkala Likelihood: Low Anzhi is rumored willing to offer Chelsea £13 million in January for the 33-year-old striker, a player who is out of contract at the end of the season. It seems like a no-brainer to sell, given Fernando Torres is slowly starting to become viable, but Drogba has a very special place at Chelsea, both on the pitch and in the dressing room. Even if Chelsea was willing to let him go, it wouldn't be an easy decision, and Drogba could always balk at making the move. With the number of players linked to Anzhi, it would be difficult to rate this higher than "Low" even if we believed it. But with a player like Drogba, it's difficult to imagine him making that move. Money has a strange way of convince people to be something they're not, but of a Chelsea icon, it would be very difficult to leave Stamford Bridge on those terms. Today's rumors not enough? Check out yesterday's top five in Thursday's Rumor Redux.
Gerardo Torrado (left), M, Cruz Azul/Mexico
While he's growing long in the tooth, Mexico stalwart Gerrardo Torrado could still do major damage in Major League Soccer. Linked to Portland, he'd help solidify the Tiimber midfield.
Robert Pires (right), M, Out of contract/France
Robert Pires played with Aston Villa last season and has since been looking for work. The former Arsenal star ahd once been linked with the Phialdelphia Union before saying he wouldn't want to live in the city.
Giovani dos Santos, F, Tottenham Hotspur/Mexico
Could Gio, who has never been able to get real playing time with Tottenham (or Barcelona, before) come to MLS, potentially be a dream signing for a team like Houston? If he does, he'd instantly be one of the league's top two players, if not its top.
Rio Ferdinand, D, Manchester United
The 33-year-old defender is heading towards the end of a brilliant career at Old Trafford. Ferdinand has entertained offers from MLS clubs in the past, and will look to cash in on one more payday. LA, NY, and Chicago are just some of the rumored destinations for England international come summer 2012.
Michael Owen, F, Manchester United/England
Michael Owen's frailty may make him a poor fit for the physical MLS, but the former Liverpool, current Manchester United striker continues to be linked with a move to the States. Or Canada.
Lee Young-Pyo, D, Al-Hilal/South Korea
The veteran South Korean could bring his Premier League pedigree to Major League Soccer, if rumors are to be believed, with the Vancouver Whitecaps looking to make life harder on MLS right midfielders.
Nicolas Anelka, F, Chelsea/France
Nicolas Anelka has been linked with Major League Soccer for the last two years, with his brother Claude's coaching tenure in the States fueling the connection. With the former French international losing time at Stamford Bridge, a move is becoming more likely.
Alessandro Del Piero, M, Juventus/Italy
He's spent 19 season in Turin but won't be returning to Juventus, having already hinted he could be jumping to MLS. Yes, he's 37, but he's not playing the part, having scored 11 goals for Juve last season.