Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer Frank Lampard has agreed a deal to join Manchester City’s US franchise, newly-formed MLS outfit New York City FC, according to reports from the Mirror.
The report suggests the England international and Atletico Madrid striker, David Villa, were both at Manchester City’s Carrington complex on Saturday to complete the internal formalities of their respective moves.
It claims Lampard and the Spain international met with Jason Kreis, New York City’s newly-installed head coach back in January, brought in by the Premier League champions’ chief executive officer Ferran Soriano. This would mean that Lampard broke off from his preparations with England for the World Cup to sort out this apparent move.
Both deals for Lampard and Villa are a huge statement of intent from City’s US franchise which officially kicks off in the new MLS season next March.
Lampard is believed to have agreed to a basic wage which is significantly less than the £150,000-a-week that he reportedly collected in his final Chelsea deal.
Lampard’s decision to quit Jose Mourinho’s side for the life in New York would signal the end of his 13-year association with the club he joined from West Ham for £11million in 2001, and went on to win numerous domestic and European honours, becoming the club’s greatest ever goalscorer on the way.
A move would be part of what is seemingly a large-scale clearout by Jose Mourinho. Samuel Eto’o, Ashley Cole and John Obi Mikel are to surplus to requirements while David Luiz recently agreed a £50m move to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Frank Lampard and Yaya Toure are the only two central midfielders to ever surpass the 20-goal mark in a single Premier League season.
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