Inter Milan are considering a move for Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, according to The Sun. The 34-year-old England international has six months left on his contract and the European champions have yet to offer an extension, leading to speculation his Stamford Bridge career may have come to an end.
It is believed Lampard is viewed as an ideal replacement for Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder, who is in a contract stand-off with the Giuseppe Meazza club. Sneijder, 28, has refused to take a cut from his present £200,000 per week deal and has been frozen out of the Italian club's first team as a result. And speculation now suggests Sneijder will move to the Premier League this month, with Tottenham thought to be interested.
The Daily Mail believes Inter's move for Lampard has the backing of club president Massimo Moratti, who believes the England midfielder would considerably strengthen the side's challenge for Champions League football next season. The Nerazzurri are fourth in Serie A, with 35 points from 18 games. Inter aren't the only Serie A club interested in Lampard though, with earlier reports linking second-placed Lazio with a move for the midfielder.
Lampard scored both goals in the Blues' weekend win over Everton, suggesting his age is unlikely to reflect on the value of his contributions to the club. The midfielder has admitted he is still enjoying playing for Chelsea and would love to remain with the west London team, if an agreement was at all possible.
"I'm enjoying playing, I'm working hard in training, I'm loving being part of the team. That is all I can tell you for the minute and that is enough for me. I am happy with that - to keep playing well and to contribute to days like today," he explained after the Everton game.
The veteran player (he turns 35 in June) has featured 12 times in the Premier League this season, scoring six goals. Overall, he has made 24 appearances for the club, scoring seven times.
Italian clubs aside, Lampard continues to attract interest from top Premier League clubs, with both Manchester United and Arsenal linked to the player. In addition, the US Major League Soccer (MLS) club LA Galaxy were strongly linked throughout the summer and there have also been reports of interest from Chinese clubs Shanghai Shenhua, Beijing Guoan and Guizhou Renhe.