Frank Lampard: Breaking Down Landing Spots for EPL Legend
Numerous reports have linked Lampard with the transfer window, as the club has made it known to the player and fans alike that they are prepared to part ways with one of the most decorated scorers, players and class acts the English Premier League has ever seen.
Demba Ba is on his way to the Blues, after Newcastle sent their blessing with the star as he prepares to jump ship to Chelsea in the very near future.
As for Lampard, it would be extremely odd to see him not put on the Chelsea jersey and play for the Blues anymore. It appears that is coming to fruition here in the next few weeks, as the midfielder has been linked to clubs in America and the rest of the world.
Here's a breakdown of the landing spots for the 34-year-old.
Said to be the favorites in many circles, it's no secret that the Galaxy are looking to make an epic splash by adding a player capable of taking on the brunt of the workload that David Beckham will be leaving behind.
The Sun reported on Twitter that the wage package he would receive would be very similar to that of Beckham's:
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is to be offered the chance to replace David Beckham at LA Galaxy in a £4m-a-year deal thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/s…— The Sun Showbiz (@TheSun_Showbiz) December 30, 2012
As recently as New Year's Eve, Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Galaxy are deep in talks to acquire the midfielder's services and bridge the gap somewhat after Beckham's retirement and Landon Donovan's uncertainty.
After playing his entire career overseas, it's hard to see Lampard walking away from Chelsea or even another EPL club. However, that kind of money and prestige will be hard to pass up, especially if the offers aren't as high from the rest of the field.
Serie A isn't the EPL, but it certainly isn't the worst place in the world to play soccer, either.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Lampard is at the top of the wish list for the Italian club, and this isn't the first time they've tried to pry him away from the Blues:
Reports in Italy from Corriere dello Sport suggest that Inter are hoping to move the Englishman to the top of their January wishlist, four-and-a-half years on from when they first showed interest under former boss Jose Mourinho.
Not only would Inter likely take the two-year plunge that Lampard is looking for, they also have another name that might suit his fancy—German scorer Miroslav Klose.
This would be a great fit for Lampard (what team wouldn't be?), but it's hard to see him moving to another league. If he transfers, I'd find it hard to believe he wouldn't take the money in the United States or move to a club where he is a fixture on a winning squad.
Where will Lampard be suiting up this summer?
Could it be? Could the Blues admit their mistake in renouncing the best player in their club's history and bring him back for one final run?
It's highly unlikely, but after Lampard put in his 192nd career goal on Wednesday, the wheels are starting to spin on the idea of keeping this guy in a Samsung-covered uniform until he retires.
The Telegraph's Alan Hansen had a great look at why the club should hang on to Lampard, and why he's the most decorated and important player in Chelsea history. Here's a brief look at his reasoning on why Lampard should stick around:
Allied to all this, you look at his longevity, the medals he’s won, his appearance record since he joined Chelsea, how few games he missed through injury, particularly at his peak. I don’t recall him ever missing a match with a slight niggle here and there. For any manager he’s played for he must have been considered the dream professional.
Since the club is still in the middle of a demanding schedule and they always play better when Lampard is active and in the lineup, it's hard to say what Chelsea will decide to do.
One thing is clear—Lampard is free to talk with other clubs. Whether or not he leaves is another matter entirely. Keep an eye on his name, because there's a ton of uncertainty when it comes to this Chelsea legend's status.
Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.
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