Chelsea will make a 'formal approach' for Derby Country manager Frank Lampard in the coming days, according to reports.
ESPN claim that the Premier League side will offer Lampard a three-year deal to become the new first-team coach, with the former midfielder being the club's preferred choice to take over.
It is also believed that former midfielder Jody Morris, who is currently assistant manager at Derby, will join him at Stamford Bridge, alongside fitness coach Chris Jones.
Last week, Lampard told Championship side Derby that he would like to join Chelsea if his club make a formal approach for him, according to Standard Sport.
The west London club will have to pay £4million in compensation if they want to attain his services.
The news comes just days after Maurizio Sarri decided to leave Stamford Bridge to join Italian champions Juventus on a three-year deal.
Sarri left the club after just a season in charge to be closer to his family in Italy.
A Sarri statement on the club's website read: "In talks we had following the Europa League final, Maurizio made it clear how strongly he desired to return to his native country, explaining that his reasons for wanting to return to work in Italy were significant.
"He also believed it important to be nearer his family, and for the well-being of his elderly parents he felt he needed to live closer to them at this point."
Maurizio Sarri (Credit: PA)
According to Duncan Castles, Frank Lampard has spoken to Roman Abramovich on the phone, with the Russian billionaire assuring him that he'll have at least two seasons at Stamford Bridge to prove his worth.
Lampard has been subject to intense speculation since Derby County's Championship Play-Off final defeat to Aston Villa in May.
Following his side's defeat, he said: "I have had no conversations with anybody else. I am manager of this club and I am very proud to be manager of this club.
"I have a two-year contract. I have loved working here and I want to continue that, and I want to continue working and progressing with the club," he added.
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