Bleacher Report: Mkhitaryan could replace Lampard in Chelsea

After their FA Cup semifinal exit at the hands of Manchester City, it has become clear that Chelsea still require a few new faces to arrive at Stamford Bridge, according to the Bleacher Report.

With no contract currently offered to veteran midfielder Frank Lampard, the future of the 34-year-old is uncertain. So with Lampard looking set for the exit from Fulham Road, it will be a difficult task for the incoming Chelsea manager to replace him. And with Henrikh Mkhitaryan impressing with Shakhtar Donetsk, it seems that it could definitely be the case for Roman Abramovich, the website writes.

Armenian star Mkhitaryan is about as close to Lampard as Chelsea may be able to get in today’s transfer market, and for a decent price, too.

“He made his senior debut at international level at the tender age of just 18, and since then has an impressive record, netting 10 goals in just 36 appearances for his nation. He is just one strike away from equaling Artur Petrosyan’s record tally of 11 as the all-time goalscorer, and given his current form, there is no doubt he can do it,” the Bleacher Report writes.

Despite playing in an advanced midfield position, Mkhitaryan has been in superb form this season, netting a total of 25 goals in 34 games for the Ukrainian champions, including a Lionel Messi-esque return of 23 in 23 in the domestic league.

Although Mkhitaryan’s career has been based mainly in Russia and Ukraine, which is significantly lower in quality in comparison to Serie A or the Premier League, his class and quality is evident, regardless of what league he plays in. And in addition to this, he scored twice this season in eight Champions League appearances as Shakhtar reached the knockout stages.

Nevertheless, should Lampard decide to leave this summer, the Armenian star should be one of the names considered to make the switch to London. If it does materialize, it could be the making of one very special player who is already rising in world football, the article reads.

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