By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The 34-year-old confirmed over the weekend that the Blues will not be renewing his contract, ending his 12-year association with the club. This has opened the door to speculation of an impending move but the midfielder also specified his desire to see out the remainder of his contract at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard has attracted the interest of a number of clubs in the United States and is seen as an ideal replacement for the departing David Beckham. It is believed they're ready to offer Lampard a substantial wage packet in order to convince him to cross the Atlantic and embark on a new adventure.
However, the Telegraph reports that Ferguson could dash their hopes by making an offer but he would not be doing it anytime soon. Instead of forking out a fee and dealing with Chelsea, he is happy to accede to the England international's demands and wait until the summer when he would be available for a free transfer.
The United manager has always been a noted admirer of Lampard's talents and attempted to sign the player a 21-year-old when he featured for West Ham.
WIth Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs set to receive limited playing time in the coming year, the Scotsman is interested in signing a player of proven experience in order to help inspire the club's current crop of youngsters. In this vein, Lampard would provide a perfect example both on and off the pitch for the likes of Tom Cleverley, Anderson and Darren Fletcher to learn from and improve their game.
Presently, Ferguson has not made any overtures as he is currently preoccupied with the title race and has already stated that he would not be active in the January transfer market. The last player of note signed by the club during January was Anders Lindegaard with the Dane signing for the Red Devils from Aalesund in 2011.
It is expected by various sources in the British media that Ferguson will only begin negotiations with the player's representatives towards the end of the season. Unlike Chelsea, he is prepared to match Lampard's current £150,000-a-week wage and will personally play a role in convincing the midfielder to make the controversial switch.
Lampard has always been held in high regard by the United manager and the latter made a glowing assessment of the midfielder's abilities in 2009.
"He is an exceptional player, a huge asset to his team. Every time he plays he goes from box to box and he hardly misses a game," Ferguson told the Sunday Times.
"You pay attention to players who can get goals from midfield and he's been averaging 20 goals every season.
"As I say, Frank Lampard is exceptional."