The Los Angeles Galaxy have reportedly offered Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard a two-year, $20 million contract. Lampard just turned 34-years-old last month and has one season left on his Chelsea contract.
To sign Lampard, our side would have to jettison one of their three current Designated Players: David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane. Clearly, the Galaxy can't sell off Beckham as he was the player who was signed to help make the team a recognizable brand on the world stage. People buy tickets to see him take amazing free kicks like he did on his goal on June 30 against the San Jose Earthquakes (see it here). Donovan is the heart of the team and the captain. He's also been the most dangerous offensive player for the last two seasons when Designated Player strikers haven't panned out. Donovan has value on the transfer market but L.A. should hold onto him until his contract is up.
So what about Robbie Keane? Of the three Designated Players on our side, Keane is the easiest to get rid of. However, Keane currently likely has the least transfer value. He had a terrible performance in Euro 2012 for Ireland and he's been offside more times (19) than he has shots on goal (18) in his Galaxy career. Aston Villa did get Keane on loan before the 2012 MLS season and he scored three goals in six matches. There could be a chance the English Premier League side is interested in taking Keane back.
Even if Keane could be sent back to Aston Villa, would it be worth it to bring in Lampard? He has scored at least ten goals for Chelsea from 2003-2004 to the present. Lampard was the first player to reach double-digits in goals in nine consecutive Premier League seasons when he scored 11 last season. Lampard also steps up across competitions and helped Chelsea win the UEFA Champions League this year.
But, would Lampard work in Bruce Arena's 4-4-2? We've already seen it modified as a kind of 4-5-1 so perhaps (when he is healthy) Edson Buddle could play up top with Donovan or Lampard playing slightly behind him.
More from Patrick Johnston:
Rob Draper, "LA Galaxy back for Lampard as Chelsea star told to join up with Beckham", Daily Mail
Stats from LA Galaxy.com and Chelsea FC.com