The latest rumors surrounding the Chicago Fire involve Andriy Shevchenko. The 35-year-old striker has recently retired from the international soccer scene and has been connected to several MLS teams. Although I believe the Chicago Fire are interested in adding another striker to the roster, I do not think they will be willing to pay for Shevchenko.
Andriy Shevchenko's long career has included the Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea and the Ukraine national team. In June, he announced his retirement from the international soccer scene, but this has only created new rumors about his future. Shevchenko has been reluctant to reveal his thoughts on MLS and has said, "What are my plans now? I simply want to go home and put my arms around my kids and kiss my wife."
Since Major League Soccer is often linked to an interest in aging international players, Andriy Shevchenko has been added to the list. A statement from a representative of Andell Holdings, the owners of the Chicago Fire, has indicated that the team may "consider" him.
The Need for Another Striker
The 2012 season has revealed that the addition of another striker to the roster would benefit the team. The Chicago Fire will probably take advantage of the upcoming MLS transfer window. I hope they can secure a strong forward who will add extra attack. However, I doubt that they will be interested in Andriy Shevchenko.
Shevchenko is allegedly asking for contracts of $2 million or more. Considering the Chicago Fire's resistance to negotiate Sebastian Grazzini's contract, the team does not seem willing to pay a high price for players. In addition, it is important to consider Shevchenko's age because as a 35-year-old striker his time in MLS may be limited.
Although rumors about Shevchenko and MLS continue to be popular, other reports have also surfaced. The striker has been linked to a possible golf career. An alleged friend has indicated Andriy Shevchenko is interested in golf and wants to eventually qualify for the 2016 Olympics. Golf will be one of the sports that will return to the Olympic Games in 2016. However, no one has been able to confirm the latest set of rumors.
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