Juventus in negotiations for Lampard

Updated: 22 March 2007 06:37 IST

Juventus wants Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard to play for the club next season.

Milan:

Juventus wants Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard to play for the club next season. Lampard's agent Steve Kutner was photographed meeting officials from the Turin-based club outside a London restaurant on Wednesday, according to Friday's edition of Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport. "It would be nice," Juventus sporting director Alessio Secco was quoted as saying of a possible deal. "But the problem, more than (Lampard's) price tag, is his wage." Those wage demands would be around $7.94 million a year after tax according to Gazzetta. Lampard has the option to buy out the remaining two years of his Chelsea contract at the end of this season. Media reports have speculated that Lampard, 28, is waiting to see if coach Jose Mourinho remains at the Premier League champions before making a decision. Mourinho has pledged to see out his contract at Stamford Bridge until 2010 but his future remains in doubt amid reports he has fallen out with billionaire owner Roman Abramovich. Lampard has scored 10 goals in the Premier League this season and has also been linked to Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, AC Milan and Inter Milan. Juventus is seeking to offload a number of players to boost a reported transfer fund of euro40 million (US$52.9 million) set aside for reinforcements, ahead of an expected return to Italy's Serie A next season.

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