According to footballpress.net big spending Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala are targeting Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard as their next high profile signing.
Anzhi are reportedly ready to offer Lampard an annual salary of €15 million, which would easily make him the highest paid player in world football.
Anzhi have clearly been building a project and they made their intentions clear when they signed striker Samuel Eto’o from Inter Milan in the summer.
They secured the shock signature of the Cameroonian hitman by offering him a whopping 10 million euros a season and paying Inter a fee of around £25 million.
But the Russian club are willing to break their wage budget again with the signing of Lampard. The 33 year-old’s current contract at Chelsea runs out in 2013 and the Russians will be looking to tempt the England international to make the move.
They have been backed in the transfer market by an incredibly wealthy owner who has poured millions into the club, since their promotion back to the top flight of Russian football a year ago. Suleiman Kerimov is a billionaire oil tycoon who is worth an estimated £5 billion.
Along with Eto’o, Anzhi signed Lampard’s former Chelsea team-mate Yuri Zhirkov, PSV Eindhoven’s flying winger Balasz Dzsudzsak and Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos.
Financially, there is no doubt that this move would be fantastic for Lampard, but in footballing terms, he may be kissing goodbye to football at the top level.
Lampard has had no shortage of admirers in his time at Chelsea and the midfielder even considered a move to join his former boss Jose Morinho at Inter Milan a few years ago, but ultimately chose to remain at Stamford Bridge.
It is no secret that it is a dream for Frank Lampard to win the Champions League with Chelsea, but if he fails to achieve it this season, he may possibly be tempted to see out his career in another country.
Chelsea boss Andre Vilas-Boas has admitted that Lampard will not have an automatic place in the Chelsea side for every game this season and the Portuguese coach has left the midfielder out of the team on a few occasions already in the Premier League. Is this the beginning of the end for Frank Lampard at Chelsea?