Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Revelations emerging from Stamford Bridge

Barcelona , Real Madrid and Juventus are in the hunt for Chelsea talisman Frank Lampard as it has emerged that club owner Roman Abramovich has refused a pay package with equal parity to that of Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack. In addition, captain John Terry has also been denied parity.

Could this really be possible? I heard rumors in weeks past, even months, and I attributed it to a way to pressure the club’s management to leave manager Jose Mourinho alone, but as the story develops it’s become clear that the club value a pair of underperformers more than Lampard and Terry -or they realize that they overpaid and want to cut it off. You listen to Mourinho’s quotes and he’s worried too:

"They are very important to all of us and I don't think they can find a better club than us” -Mourinho

Chelsea have been claiming all season that the big spending days are over. Looks to be true for more than transfers and if it is, it’s official: Abramovich, while loaded, is a terrible owner.
Unless very quickly resolved, Lampard and Terry are both pretty much certain to leave the club now, and if that happens you will also see Mourinho go as well. In the blink of an eye, a potential dynasty dismantles.

Lampard is apparently waiting for an approach from Barcelona, if Barca come, you can bet Mourinho will quit and go as well.

Lampard can leave Stamford Bridge for 9m pounds under new FIFA rules.

Ballack and Shevchenko are on Ballack 121,000k per week deals. Lampard is earning 26k per week less at 95k. Terry apparently earns even less at 75k per week.

The X factor here could quite probably be with Lampard's Catalan fiancee who wants a move to Barcelona.

Will all of this going on, you can hear the tumbleweed blowing across the doors of the front office it’s so quiet. No such thing as a free lunch, Roman.
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