Major League Soccer signed Frank Lampard, and are reportedly getting ready to loan him out to the Premier League champions.
Yep, you read that right.
Multiple reports say at 36 years old, the longtime Chelsea midfielder and recently unveiled New York City FC designated player will head north to the Etihad and play for Manchester City as he keeps fit ahead of the 2015 MLS season.
According to a report in The Guardian, Queens Park Rangers “lead the chase” (whatever that means) but that Lampard heavily favors a move to City instead.
That would mean after spending 13 seasons at Chelsea, Lampard would don a lighter shade of blue and likely face his former club twice before the Major League Soccer season begins next March.
City has part ownership in New York City FC, and reports suggest Lampard rejected a move to City’s other subsidiary in Melbourne, Australia where NYCFC teammate David Villa is loaned out to. Earlier today, many betting outlets cut the odds of Lampard’s move to City drastically.
The move makes sense for both sides. With Manchester City suffering Financial Fair Play sanctions that affects the makeup of its Champions League roster, City would add a cheap English player to their largely foreign roster.
According to The Mirror, Lampard visited Manchester City’s training complex in late May ahead of the transfer to NYCFC.
Manchester City are in the United States, but according to the Guardian report, Lampard would likely join them in time for training ahead of the Community Shield against Arsenal.
Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.
The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.
The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.
Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.
Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.
As soon as Brendan Rodgers was dismissed by Liverpool on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s name was tossed around as the likely successor to the then-vacant Liverpool managerial position.
However, according to Klopp’s representatve Marc Kosicke, Liverpool did not make contact with the German until after Rodgers had been officially let go.
“The first call from Liverpool came after the dismissal as coach of Rodgers,” Kosicke told Bild. “Before Liverpool there were naturally quite a few inquiries. But Jurgen always asked me not to take it any further.”
Club management was less committal than Klopp’s rep, but did say they had their eye on the German for some time. “We have learned to keep certain matters confidential. We had a meeting recently with Jurgen that he has talked about and I don’t want to talk too much about these conversations. But we have thought about him for a long time and everyone who knows football knows he is an outstanding manager.”
It’s relatively hard to believe Liverpool would have canned Rodgers without knowing for sure that a top-level target such as Klopp or Carlo Ancelotti were on board to replace him. It also would mean discussions of the contract terms and logistics would have moved at lightning speed, with just four days between the Rodgers dismissal and Klopp’s official unveiling.