New Paris St Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti has made a dramatic move to sign Chelsea legend Frank Lampard in the January transfer window, reports talkSPORT.
Following the arrival of manager Andre Villas-Boas last summer, Lampard has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and is no longer guaranteed of a place in the Blues starting XI. The 33-year-old is reportedly unhappy with the lack of first-team action he is getting (say talkSPORT) which has led to increasing speculation throughout January over the player’s future.
Lampard still has 18-months remaining on his current contract and was linked with a surprise move to Premiership rivals Manchester United but those rumours have since diminished. The Daily Mail also reported that David Beckham’s LA Galaxy have shown an interest in taking the England International to the MLS, but it’s PSG manager, Ancelotti, who has made the first move.
talkSPORT have been told that Lampard’s former boss has made contact with the West London club in hope of bringing the midfielder to the French Ligue 1 leaders. Landing Lampard’s signature would be a major coup for Paris St Germain even though the Chelsea legend is nearing the end of his career. With 8 days remaining in the January market, anything can happen, especially with the large sums of money Carlo Ancelotti has at his disposal.
The speculation surrounding Lampard’s potential departure is likely to gather pace after Villas-Boas was reported to have made a £16m bid for Shakhtar Donetsk attacking-midfielder Willian. The Ukranian club confirmed this morning that they had rejected a bid from Chelsea with Shakhtar looking for a fee upward of £20m for the Brazilian, according to talkSPORT. Such bids will undoubtedly raise further doubts over the midfielder’s future.
Lampard is a true Chelsea legend with more than 10-year’s service to his name at the Bridge but is it about to come to an end? Can his former boss prise him away from London to Paris? And is Willian the ideal candidate to fill the no.8’s boots?
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