Derby County boss Frank Lampard has reportedly met with Chelsea about replacing Maurizio Sarri according to Goal.
Sarri has recently been linked with a return to his home country of Italy to take charge of Juventus and Lampard has since emerged as a surprise contender to take the reins.
Despite him only just completing his first season in management, Lampard performed brilliantly at Derby leading them to the Play Off Final just for them to fall short in defeat to Aston Villa.
The former Chelsea player would undoubtedly be a strong favourite should he take the job due to his Blues connections. His rapport with the fans and players along with the respect he would naturally receive could make up for his lack of management experience.
Chelsea are apparently willing to allow Sarri to leave for Juventus and will not prevent him from speaking with them about a return to Italy.
Owner, Roman Abramovich has spoken to a number of candidates but it is believed that Lampard is still thought to be one of the front runners for the job.
With Chelsea’s current transfer ban it would be increasingly difficult to bring in a more ‘high profile’ name and therefore Lampard could fit the bill.
The 40-year-old has worked with a lot of young players at Derby including Mason Mount on loan from Chelsea and Harry Wilson on loan from Liverpool. With them being unable to dip into the transfer market this influence could prove important on the current Blues squad.
There’s no question losing Lampard would provide a huge blow to Derby and their quest to try and push for promotion again next season. He build a fantastic relationship with the club and was very close to getting them promoted. They will surely be desperate to hang on to one of their prized assets.