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Chelsea stalwart is thought to have declined a money-spinning deal to join former Blues team-mate Didier Drogba in the Far East, while Kagawa receives his work permit

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LAMPARD OFFERED £230,000-A-WEEK BY CHINESE CLUB

Frank Lampard may be coming towards the end of his career but his status as one of the star names in English football has been confirmed by an enormous salary offer from a Chinese club this summer.

The Sweeper can reveal that an unnamed club in the Chinese Super League has approached the Chelsea midfielder with a stunning salary offer worth £230,000-a-week after tax.

The 34-year-old is understood to be keen to stay at Chelsea due to personal reasons and his belief that he can still compete at the highest level.

While the identity of the Chinese club remains undisclosed, there are only three teams - Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Dalian Aerbin - who can afford to pay Lampard a £12 million net annual salary.

Dailian appears the most likely club to chase the Chelsea vice-captain as they are targeting big-name signings including Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita, who they are ready to pay between £150,000 and £180,000-a-week.

Guangzhou Evergrande have a transfer policy not to sign foreign players over the age of 30, while Shanghai Shenhua have already spent much of their wage budget on Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba.

Drobga left Chelsea for Shanghai last month for a two-and-a-half-year deal worth £200,000-a-week but he is unlikely to be followed to the Far East by Lampard, his former Blues team-mate.

Lampard currently earns a weekly salary of around £140,000 at Stamford Bridge and has been told he has a future at the club under Roberto Di Matteo, having seemingly been heading for a summer exit under former manager Andre Villas-Boas.

SPURS TRAINING GROUND MOVE DELAYED

Tottenham have made a big deal about their new £40m state-of-the-art training ground in recent weeks, mentioning it at the official announcement of Andre Villas-Boas’ appointment as head coach at White Hart Lane.

But behind the scenes the club are angry that delays to the project in Enfield mean it will not be ready for day-to-day use until later this summer, despite initial plans to take hold of the keys in May.

It means that the club’s first-team players will return to their Spurs Lodge training base in Chigwell for the start of pre-season training on Monday, where they will train until at least the end of the month.

KAGAWA FINALLY RECEIVES WORK PERMIT

Shinji Kagawa’s brief panic is over after he received his long-awaited work permit, which Goal.com revealed on Friday had been held up in the Philippines.

The £13m midfielder will arrive in England on either Sunday or Monday to link up with his new Manchester United team-mates following his move from Borussia Dortmund.

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