Frank Lampard and Andre-Villas Boas just can't seem to get along.
Lampard, a veteran Chelsea midfielder, recently said his relationship with first-year manager Villas-Boas is "not ideal." In response, Villas-Boas called into question whether Lampard will remain at Stamford Bridge next season.
Uh oh. Maybe it's time to start looking for Lampard's replacement. With that in mind, here are six players who could, well, replace Lampard in his central/attacking midfield role next season for Chelsea.
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"Duh," you say. Modric and Chelsea have been batting eyelashes at each other from across town for the better part of a year. Last summer, at least one fan site even Photoshopped a Chelsea shirt onto the Croatian midfielder.
The rumor mill started up again over the winter, thanks to Modric's own words. While it would cost a large sum to bring Modric from Spurs to Chelsea, that's not necessarily an issue for Chelsea. Moreover, Modric has reportedly put off signing a new contract at Tottenham.
Could a deal finally happen this summer?
Hamsik wouldn't be a straight-up replacement for Lampard, but the versatile Slovakian can play several positions in the attacking third.
Napoli president Antonio De Laurentiis claimed last December that Hamsik had signed a new deal with the Italian club. But in January, Hamsik's agent reportedly said Hamsik would consider moving to Chelsea, Real Madrid or Barcelona.
This one is a bit of a long shot, but Hamsik has undoubted quality.
More recently, FootyBunker insists that Chelsea are still interested.