Veteran midfielder to link up with champions until next year.
Former Chelsea midfielder is set to sign a shock short term loan deal with current Premier League champions Manchester City until March when Major League Soccer club New York City FC will come into existence, according to the Guardian.
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The 36-year-old left the Stamford Bridge outfit at the end of last season and opted to link up with the new MLS franchise, which won’t start competing until the new season in March next year.
Lampard rejected the chance to play in Melbourne at City’s other new venture and although Queens Park Rangers are leading the chase for his signature, the 36-year-old favours a spell with Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Both NYCFC and Melbourne City are ventures backed by Manchester City.
The move will allow the ex-England star to keep fit and ready for the new season, and providing there aren’t any hitches the club will register him to be able to compete in the Premier League and the Champions League.
City will be able to boost their quota of English players, while Lampard, who has yet to officially announce his retirement from the international stage, will still be under the close watch of Roy Hodgson.
If the signing goes through in time Lampard could be available to face Arsenal in the Community Shield.