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Chelsea Transfer News: Frank Lampard Targeted by Manchester City Owner

Chelsea's Frank Lampard greets Chelsea fans after the Champions League semifinal first leg soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2014

Manchester City's rich owner Sheihk Mansour has reportedly sanctioned a move for Chelsea's veteran midfielder Frank Lampard, for his Australian league club Melbourne Heart.

David Woods of the Daily Star writes that Mansour wants to make the midfielder a high-profile signing for the club he bought an 80 percent stake in last January for £6.7 million.

Woods reports:

Lampard is out of contract at the end of the season and is already being courted by LA Galaxy.

Melbourne are offering £60,000 a week after tax for two years, with the option of a third year.

The 35-year-old, though, is hoping to secure another year's extension with the Blues and is unlikely to take up the Aussie option.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 05:  Frank Lampard of Chelsea celebrates scoring their second goal from the rebound of his penalty during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on April 5, 2014 in London, England.  (Ph
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The England international has still featured heavily for Chelsea this season despite competition from a strong set of midfielders at Jose Mourinho's disposal. 

In the domestic title race and the Champions League, Lampard has seven goals and five assists from his 36 appearances. 

He has played in a deeper role in recent times, allowing Mourinho to give freedom to the talents of Eden Hazard and Oscar higher up the pitch.

Despite Mansour's interest in the player, Tony Banks of the Express reports that Lampard is ready to sign a new one-year deal with the Champions League semi-finalists. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: Frank Lampard and John Terry of Chelsea celebrate victory during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain FC at Stamford Bridge on April 8, 2014 in London, England.  (Phot
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Banks writes that the west London club have been in talks with Lampard and John Terry, with the Chelsea captain being vocal over his thoughts on his teammate's future.

Banks quotes Terry as saying: "Frank loves playing for Chelsea and he loves playing under Jose. He wants to finish his career at the club. If he can get his future sorted before the summer, it's a no brainer. He is very hopeful that will happen soon."

Lampard has had a long and fruitful career at Chelsea and he has shown this season that he is still very much a player of Premier League ability.

He has adapted his game well to become a more defensive player, concentrated primarily on possession and support. 

Alastair Grant

Losing Lampard would be an issue for Mourinho, as the Portuguese manager looks to strengthen his team over the summer. The last thing he needs is to lose one of his most experienced players when he is looking to bolster his squad.

Lampard would be well worth an extra year on Chelsea's books, but he might feel that it is time for a new challenge in either Australia or the MLS.

The lifestyle benefits are huge to an aging player who is looking for one last big payday before hanging up his boots.

But if Lampard still has the hunger for trophies and medals he is guaranteed to spurn Mansour's advances and remain with the club he loves. 

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