Frank Lampard will be offered a six-month deal by Manchester City following his release from Chelsea. The 35-year-old, who flew out to Miami with the rest of England's World Cup squad on Sunday, is set to sign a lucrative deal with the newly-formed New York FC in the coming days.
Lampard claimed last month that he would never play for another Premier League club after he leaves the Blues, but his loyalty could be tested by a short-term deal to play for the reigning champions. New York FC are part-owned by Manchester City, who are keen to take the England international to the Etihad Stadium for six months of next season, according to the Mirror.
New York FC will not play their first MLS match until March 2015, meaning Lampard is likely to be on the lookout for a new club until January, unless Chelsea agree to offer him a six-month deal. However, it seems Jose Mourinho has taken the difficult decision to release Chelsea's all-time top scorer following a trophy-less campaign at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester City are reportedly out of the race to sign Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, but Manuel Pellegrini appears to be tempted to bring in the vastly-experienced Lampard for the first half of the 2014/15 campaign. Despite his advancing years, Lampard played 40 times for Chelsea last season, scoring eight goals.
The England vice-captain will be joined at New York FC by former Barcelona and Atletico Madrid star David Villa, who admitted the chance to join the newly-formed MLS outfit was an "irresistible project".