LA Galaxy to bend Chelsea icon’s ear over move to Golden State
Minimal first-team chances on the Stamford Bridge horizon point to move away
LA Galaxy are set to make a fresh attempt to lure Frank Lampard to the Home Depot Center in January, with the Chelsea stalwart’s contract entering its final months.
His current team is 19/10 to win in Donetsk, where they’ll face a Shakthar side who are a force to be reckoned with at the Donbass Arena, yet Lampard can’t expect to make the starting XI.
The 34-year-old was dropped to the bench for Chelsea’s 4-2 win at Spurs last time out and has struggled to hold down his usually stapled starting berth in central midfield this term, with his age creeping up on him.
Brazilian playmaker Oscar was the man preferred in this one, not for the first time this season, as Di Matteo looks to introduce him slowly to the rigours of Premier League football. However, once he becomes acquainted with this new style, Oscar is likely to claim the third spot in Chelsea’s midfield on a more regular basis, spelling the end of Lampard’s Stamford Bridge tenure.
Amassing 570 appearances throughout the most successful period in the Blues’ history, culminating in last season’s Champions League win, he has already established legendary status on the King’s Road and could be tempted by the prospect of seeing out his playing days in the Californian sunshine.
Galaxy have been seeking stars of European football’s past to raise their global profile, as well as that of the MLS in general, and Lampard, alike David Beckham, obviously fits the bill.
Lampard would be throwing the towel in on his 93-cap England career by accepting Galaxy’s offer. However, in return he’s likely to be collecting the enormous wages he has grown accustomed to siphoning from Roman Abrahamovic’s bank account, as well as a guarantee of first-team football in a team challenging for trophies; something Chelsea could not promise.
Ladbrokes most recent price on Galaxy being Lampard’s next club was as short as 7/4.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date