Long time Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has agreed personal terms with LA Galaxy and will transfer to the US based club at the end of the season.
According to a source very close to the LA based team, Lampard has been told by Chelsea officials that he will not be offered a extension any time soon which means he will end his 12-year reign at Stamford Bridge. Earlier this month it was reported that both Arsenal and Manchester United are keeping a close eye on the situation, while Everton have already had a offer rejected.
A spokesman of the club did not want to confirm or deny the reports, saying that head coach Bruce Arena has recently expressed his interested in the services of the 34-year old English international.
"I wouldn't be surprised if over the next week or so, we're going to have some kind of decision we're going to make with a Designated Player," Arena told reporters.
"We wouldn't rule [a move for Lampard] out. It's always a possibility."
Lampard, who is Chelsea's second-highest all-time goalscorer, is free to negotiate contracts with other clubs from the start of January. However, he did admit that a new deal with Chelsea would be his priority.
"I am not sure [about a future in MLS]," Lampard said. "I have another year on my contract at Chelsea and we have a big season ahead of us with the Super Cup and the Club World Cup in December. It's up to Chelsea to speak with me about my future and, at that time, I'll speak with them. I wouldn't rule anything out at the moment."
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich refused to make any comments on this matter.