Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Chelsea rejected bid won’t deter Barcelona

As we saw with the transfer of Theirry Henry, one thing about Barcelona is that they are persistent in signing a player they want. It appears their Premiership raid is not over as their new target is Frank Lampard.

Chelsea should start feeling the pressure now as the player has rejected numerous attempts at negotiating a new contract. Lampard insists his pay deal should be on par with that of Michael Ballack and Andriy Shevchenko.

The first bid has been rejected at 12m pounds. Apparently Chelsea have told Barca that Lampard is not for sale at any price. Arsenal said the same thing.It was rumored that Juventus would make a move for Lampard but the idea was rejected.

Unfortunately for Chelsea, Lampard has the means should he want to go. Barcelona could easily underwrite his contract buyout and free himself for a switch. I’m sure Lampard does not want to make the switch but I am just as sure that he won’t sign a new contract unless there is pay parody.

Another thing to consider is how attractive the idea is of playing with Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto'o, Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi and Xavi is next season.

Chelsea’s new tight strings approach could backfire in a big way if Lampard tires of the negotiation process. Chelsea officials plan a meeting with Lampard to discuss his contract situation during pre-season training next week. This means they take Barcelona’s approach seriously and are probably ready to give in.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Pay parody" ?

Did you mean "pay parity" - or were you accurately describing the wage structure at Chelsea?

7/04/2007 1:26 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

Ha ha, I think you got the pun spot on. Its a joke to me that Lampard should not earn more than Ballack.

7/04/2007 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buying his contract out is not an option, this is only possible if fifa act on the players behalf on to sue on grounds such as poverty or restriction of trade, which is not case with his current £80K+ a week.
The only reasons he may choose to hold out for a move to Barcelona, is for his spanish partner, warmer weather and to hook up with his mate Eidur.

7/04/2007 5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

unfortunately (anonymous) you are wrong, the rule allows any player over the age of 28 to buy themselves out of a contract that is over 2 years old. Im a united fan and will laugh if 'lamps' moves on to barca, because you will be stuck with sidwell in cm!!! to be fair, i wouldnt blame him either, he would be first choice at a club favourites for champs league which chelsea simply arent going to win. i hope you buy malouda and sell robben aswell, another wide man that likes to come infield (a la ballack last season) will be the end of your title challenge before it even starts. something is seriously wrong behind the scenes at chelsea and if i was a chelsea fan i'd be worried you are slowly heading for the same result as leeds!!! ADMINISTRATION AND RELEGATION!!!!!!!!!!!!

7/05/2007 4:21 PM  

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