According to the Mirror, Premier League champions Manchester City will try to persuade New York City-bound Frank Lampard to feature at the Etihad before the 2015 Major League Soccer kicks-off next calendar year.
The England midfielder had previously claimed he will never play against Chelsea for another English club, but the Manchester outfit are reportedly trying to convince him otherwise.
The 35-year-old midfielder has agreed a lucrative deal to join the title winners’ US franchise, New York FC. However, the new club’s MLS campaign does not kick off until March 2015 and Lampard, who is set to be released by his current club at the end of the June, will need to play in the meantime, cue City.
City are desperate to improve their English quota, after failing to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations, and Lampard could provide a bit-part solution to the current predicament the club finds itself in. Having had their Champions League squad reduced to 21 players, Manuel Pellegrini’s side are anxious to recruit added home-grown talent.
The Englishman’s pending move ends a 13-year association with Chelsea that has brought him success across the continent. He has won a Champions League, a Europa League, three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups since joining the London outfit from West Ham in 2001.
Lampard will be joined in New York by Atletico Madrid striker David Villa. The 32-year-old Spaniard is set to be confirmed as the American club’s other marquee signing.