Premier League - Lampard to sign for New York City FC - reports

According to reports, Frank Lampard is set to leave Chelsea on a free transfer and sign for New York City FC, along with David Villa.

Premier League - Lampard announces Chelsea departure

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New York City FC, who are co-owned by Premier League side Manchester City and the New York Yankees, will enter the Major League Soccer season next March and are currently in the process of looking to recruit players for their roster.

And, if reports are to be believed, the MLS's newest franchise are making waves in their hunt to add to their squad. According to the Mirror, Lampard broke away from England's World Cup preparations to visit Man City's Carrington training complex in order to agree the formalities of the deal.

Lampard, who will end his 13-year stint with Chelsea, reportedly met with NYFC head coach Jason Kreis to agree on a deal that will see him earn significantly less than his £150,000-per-week at Stamford Bridge.

However, such is the culture in America, Lampard will earn a substantial amount from bonuses, with England star's signature a real statement of intent from NYFC.

The Mirror also report that Spanish striker David Villa, who helped Atletico Madrid to the La Liga title and Champions League final, joined Lampard at Carrington and he, too, is set to sign for the MLS outfit.

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