And so it proved as a certain segment of Chelsea fans reacted with horror as they contemplated seeing their all-time record scorer decked out in a paler shade of blue.
In fairness, there do seem to be rather more people criticising Chelsea fans for calling Lampard a traitor than there are Chelsea fans calling Lampard a traitor.
But still, the sentiment exists nonetheless. Here is what Twitter had to offer on the big story of the day.
— Holden McGroin (@aashin13) August 1, 2014
So Lampard is going to on loan to Man City. What a traitor guy ! — Akmal Maúlana H (@ItsAkmalMH) August 1, 2014
If lampard goes man city and plays against chelsea no matter what he's done for chelsea he will be a traitor in my eyes
— Kez (@Klee1993) August 1, 2014
Frank Lampard...I'm disappointed in you, traitor
— Harvey smith♠️ (@HarveySmith89) August 1, 2014
And soon the memes started rolling in...
Lampard to City now being reported by The Guardian, MEN and Mirror too. Not as a done deal, but strong possibility. pic.twitter.com/F8DwHPJKyp
— City Watch (@City_Watch) August 1, 2014
Lampard is going to wear a city shirt pic.twitter.com/ggIM3c89J2
— Salvatore Vitale (@The_Vickmister) August 1, 2014
There even appeared to be a case of a shirt burning episode:
This one also looked a bit suspect to us:
Lampard going to city? wow traitor you are dead to me pic.twitter.com/HhS3zd2crU
— Tanmay (@IscoFan_) August 1, 2014
But there was a rather more serious case of a shirt burning, as this alarming picture showed:
And not everyone was impressed with City's latest acquisition...
City signing Lampard is a great move, what with this being 2011 and all.
— Hans O. Lowe (@NoHeroesHere) August 2, 2014
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