Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard will announce that he has agreed a move to New York City after the World Cup according to the Independent.
The report claims Lampard has been offered considerably more to make the move to the MLS than he would have received had he remained at Stamford Bridge.
But considering he will not play his first competitive match for his apparent new club until March 2015, he is likely to seek a short-term deal elsewhere in order to maintain match fitness.
So where could Lampard play prior to his stint in the Big Apple? Here are three possible destinations:
The most obvious short-term fix would be to simply remain at his current club. It would certainly prevent any unnecessary upheaval prior to his move to America and he would surely just keep doing what he has been doing for the last 13 years.
The decision would rest in the hands of Jose Mourinho, but could he really turn down an extended stay by Lampard, even if it was just for the first half of the season?
With Lampard seemingly on his way to Manchester City’s franchise in the MLS, it would not be a huge surprise if he rocked up at the Etihad for a few months. Some have even suggested this is part of the deal, although those reports remain unsubstantiated at this time.
With Yaya Toure potentially on his way this summer, Lampard could replace some of his goals and a little of his midfield influence. But the question is whether Manuel Pellegrini would be happy for a short-term fix rather than permanently signing a younger alternative.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has always proved adept in the loan market and this move would make perfect sense to all involved. The Toffees would be getting a player with considerable Premier League experience and the departing Chelsea man would know he would play regular football in an exciting team.
His influence could also be considerable when it comes to his England teammate Ross Barkley, but Martinez may not want to disrupt his side by bringing someone in for just a few months.