((HT: NYCFC/Manchester City))
The folks over at NYCFC are going all in from the beginning in their search to make both rivalries and statements in Major League Soccer come the 2015 season.
First up, David Villa is signed on a three-year deal and will be paired with former Chelsea stand-out Frank Lampard (on a free transfer of all things) for two marquee names on head coach Jason Kreis' roster off the top.
Here's David Villa on the move and the challenges
While Lampard is not official yet, the Telegraph's Ben Findon has some background:
Lampard and another New York City transfer target, Spain’s David Villa, are believed to have visited Manchester City’s training complex at Carrington on Saturday. The two men met with New York City head coach Jason Kreis, who has been in charge of Manchester City’s MLS franchise since January.
It is understood that Lampard has agreed to a substantial wage drop from his previous £150,000-a-week deal at Stamford Bridge, although that could be supplemented with hefty bonuses.
Harry Redknapp is Lampard's uncle and he would, naturally, like to add him to his Queens Park Rangers side.
Kreis has admitted that any players signed would likely be loaned out to keep them in form before the 2015 season.
David Villa to Manchester City, anyone...???