Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has been linked with a possible switch to Napoli, which could see Edinson Cavani going the other way.
If the rumours are to be believed then Frank Lampard will not be joining another English team at the end of the season and he will not be going to the United States, he’ll be heading off to Italy to play in Serie A with Napoli.
That’s news which should excite Chelsea fans because there are a couple of possible ways that deal could benefit their chances of getting striker Edinson Cavani ahead of Manchester City.
There would be no possibility of part exchange, rule that out of your mind right now, because Lampard’s contract with Chelsea expires in the summer, which means he becomes a free agent.
What he could do is convince the striker to sign for the Stamford Bridge side, because at the moment he’s not giving anything away over where he’s thinking of going if he is going to leave Napoli in the summer.
It’s always a huge decision for any player settled in a league and country, to up roots and leave that lifestyle and culture to go and settle down somewhere else in Europe. That’s doubly significant as Cavani is still only in his mid-20s.
If he needs any assurances over what life is like at Chelsea, and who wouldn’t considering Roman Abramovich’s unpredictability, then Lampard is the perfect player to approach because he’s a Chelsea legend.
This sort of request to Lampard could depend on the new manager at the club, who replaces Rafa Benitez who has made it clear he will not be staying on at the end of the season.
If that is a boss who Lampard already has a good relationship with, Jose Mourinho, then it will be much easier for the club to approach Lampard and get him to do some extra leg work for them as they try and sign a star striker.
However, if it’s a boss that Lampard doesn’t have a good relationship with, he isn’t going to feel obliged to go out of his way for the club because of the way he’s been treated throughout the final year of his contract.
Chelsea fans and neutrals will all admit that Lampard is still more than good enough to play in the Premier League and any of the other top leagues around Europe. It would be a shame if this rumour didn’t have any basis at all and he ended up going to a league, which is inferior to his quality and what he’s capable of.
It would be a little odd to see him join Napoli at this stage of his career, but if he was able to put in a good word with Cavani, it would certainly be of benefit to Chelsea as they look to tool up ahead of a strong title push next season.
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