English Premier League side Chelsea has been granted permission to speak to Derby County manager Frank Lampard with intention of appointing him as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement at Stamford Bridge.
A former Chelsea and England midfielder, Lampard spent 13 years with The Blues, winning 11 major titles and has been linked with the vacant position since it was confirmed Sarri would leave for Juventus.
Derby was the first of Lampard’s managerial career when he was appointed on a three-year contract in May 2018 and guided the team into the Championship play-off final, where they lost 2-1 to Aston Villa.
A Derby statement read: “Derby County Football Club can confirm that they have granted permission for Chelsea Football Club to speak to Frank Lampard about the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge.
“With pre-season fast approaching for both clubs it is hoped this will allow Chelsea to swiftly conclude their discussions.
“The club will make no further comment until it is appropriate to do so.”
However, if Lampard is handed the reins at Chelsea, he will be unable to bring in new players due to the transfer ban imposed on the club, and he will have to usher in a new era after the departure of star forward Eden Hazard.