Chelsea star tipped for lucrative Monaco transfer

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Monaco are reportedly in contention to sign Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, as his career at Stamford Bridge appears to be edging towards its conclusion.

Lampard is out of contract with Chelsea at the end of the season and has also been linked with moves to LA Galaxy and Paris Saint-Germain, while there has been reported interest in his signature from China.

Interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed he expects Lampard to leave the club in the summer, along with Ashley Cole, and Monaco has emerged as a potential destination for the 34-year-old.

According to the Daily Mail, former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri - who signed Lampard for the Blues in 2001 - is keen to lure Lampard to Monaco, with the principality club backed by the billions of owner Dmitry Rybolovlev.

Lampard will be free to begin negotiating with clubs in January with a view to a free transfer in the summer, although Chelsea may be inclined to cash-in on the England international in the New Year.

The former West Ham star has made 572 appearances for Chelsea during his 11 year spell at Stamford Bridge, and will need another 13 goals before his departure to leave as the club's record goalscorer.

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