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Old June 3, 2007, 09:51 AM
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By Paul Mccarthy

FRANK LAMPARD will give Chelsea a massive boost by signing a new £125,000 - a - week deal within the next 10 days.

The England star has been locked in a stalemate with Chelsea unwilling to bow to his wage demands. But both sides have reached a compromise and Lampard's camp believe a deal will be struck when the midfielder returns from international duty.

A source close to Lampard said: "The two sides are very close. The signs are everything will be sorted within the next week or so."

There were serious doubts at Stamford Bridge over Lampard's future, especially as he can invoke a FIFA ruling which allows him to buy out the final two years of his contract.

Chelsea chief executive, Peter Kenyon, was insistent any deal for Lampard would not destroy the wage structure which sees Michael Ballack and Andriy Shevchenko as the top earners on around £130,000 a week.

And with both Real Madrid and Barcelona in the hunt for the 28-year-old, it seemed certain he would go to Spain.

However, those fears seem to have been allayed as Lampard, lifted by the news boss Jose Mourinho is staying at Stamford Bridge, looks ready to commit his long-term future to Chelsea.

That would leave England skipper John Terry in limbo. He, too, has been holding out for parity with Ballack and Shevchenko but there is a growing belief within the Chelsea hierarchy he will also sign within the next fortnight.

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