LA Galaxy back for Lampard as Chelsea star told to join up with Beckham
23:00 GMT, 30 June 2012
LA Galaxy are ready to make a fresh move to prise Frank Lampard away from Chelsea and make him a team-mate of David Beckham in the USA’s Major League Soccer.
The club believe they can put together an offer that can make it worth Lampard’s while to move to the USA, even though the midfield player has one year left on a 130,000-a-week Chelsea contract and is due a substantial loyalty bonus if he completes the final year of his deal.
Serial winner: Frank Lampard has won the Champions League trophy and three Premier League titles at Chelsea
Leaving Chelsea would clearly be a wrench for Lampard, 34, who has become an iconic player at the club since moving there in 2001. He has won the Champions League, three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups in the club’s most successful era.
But last season Lampard had to accept that he would not always be first choice in the starting XI and Roberto Di Matteo, made permanent manager last month, is expected to continue the team’s rejuvenation.
Club-mates Beckham and Lampard
Chelsea would ordinarily not want to lose such an illustrious player but, if Lampard did want to go, it would lower the wage bill and help Chelsea meet UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations, which requires them to cut their losses or face being banned from Champions League football.
LA Galaxy remain hopeful that those factors will mean they can pick up Lampard without paying a transfer fee. One possible replacement for Lampard would be Luka Modric, but Tottenham have put a 45million price tag on their Croatia playmaker, despite no manager being officially announced at White Hart Lane.
Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas,
however, will receive one further payment from Roman Abramovich before
taking over at Spurs this week. The 34-year-old has held off confirming
his appointment at Tottenham until a lump sum from his settlement with
Chelsea is paid into his account, due to happen tomorrow.
Once that is processed, Spurs will
announce that he has been chosen to replace Harry Redknapp, who was
sacked last month despite leading the club to fourth place last season.