Frank Lampard’s future has received a new twist as Derby County attempt to foil Chelsea’s plans by beginning talks for a new contract.
Chelsea have reportedly decided to make a move for Lampard to replace the Juventus-bound Maurizio Sarri.
The 40-year-old impressed greatly over at Championship side Derby in his first managerial role. Despite his inexperience, Lampard led them to the play-off final in May only for Aston Villa to deny him a promotion to the Premier League.
This has allegedly convinced Chelsea he is ready to be given the keys to Stamford Bridge. The board members are in agreement Lampard is the right man to succeed Sarri despite his lack of experience.
While Sarri has struck a £5m agreement for his release, the Italian has yet to announce his move to Juventus. Apparently, he cannot complete his switch until Chelsea have found a replacement.
But Sky Sports claims that Derby have entered talks with Lampard over a new contract.
Despite the former England international still having another two years left on his current deal, the Rams had planned to discuss an extension.
While it remains unclear why they haven’t made a formal approach yet, Chelsea still reportedly intent to do so. Although Sky insists Derby will allow Lampard to leave should Chelsea pay the club £4m in compensation.
Lampard won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three EFL Cups and the Champions League at Stamford Bridge.
The former midfielder is also Chelsea’s record scorer on 211 goals in 648 games.
Should he indeed replace Sarri, then Lampard’s first Premier League game in charge of Chelsea will be a daunting visit to Manchester United on August 11.