Chelsea legend Frank Lampard moving to Chinese club Guizhou Rehne this fall
It appears as if Chelsea’s midfield legend Frank Lampard could be heading out to China in the upcoming winter transfer window. Chinese Super League club Guizhou Rehne has declared that they are in the negotiating process of signing in Frank Lampard from Chelsea.
Frank Lampard, who will be out of contract with Chelsea this summer, was linked with a move to Major League Soccer since the beginning of the season. The 34-year-old England international has been demanding more playing time from Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo, but the Italian is bent on featuring younger players in his team.
Chelsea has a policy of offering only a one-year deal to players above 30, which means Frank Lampard has little chance of continuing his career at Stamford Bridge, especially if the Englishman plans on playing for a couple of more years.
Club officials from Guizhou Rehne have suggested that they are very close to inking a contract with Frank Lampard. Meanwhile, reports in China suggest that Frank Lampard has been offered a salary of £250,000 a week by Guizhou Rehne if the midfielder is up for a move in January.
“Yes, we are in contact with Lampard but so far nothing has been settled,” the deputy board chairman of Guizhou Rehne, Yang Xiayou said.
Guizhou Rehne’s chairman Dai Yongge earlier declared that that Frank Lampard would join the club before New Year’s Eve in order to prepare for the Chinese season, which begin in March.
“I want the best team in China, and we are prepared to invest a lot of money to bring [Frank] Lampard to us,” Guizhou Rehne’s chairman Wang Guolin was reported saying in the Sun earlier this year.
Sources within Chelsea have also confirmed Frank Lampard’s move to the Chinese Premier League, although there has been no official confirmation from Chelsea yet. If Guizhou Rehne have acquired the services of Frank Lampard, Chelsea will announce the deal when the winter transfer window begins.