As per a report from ESPN, Chelsea will meet with Derby County boss Frank Lampard this week to table a 3-year contract offer to their former midfielder.
Lampard’s Rams’ stint
Blues’ legend Lampard was named the manager of Championship outfit Derby last summer.
His appointment marked Lampard’s first in senior management, though it didn’t take long for the former English international to showcase his talents as a tactician.
A solid debut campaign at Pride Park eventually saw Derby finish 6th in the Championship table, securing a playoff berth.
The Rams subsequently went on to defy the odds in putting Leeds to the sword in their playoff semi-final, after mounting a remarkable 2nd-leg comeback.
This left just one fixture between Derby and a return to the Premier League.
In the end, though, Lampard and co. were left disappointed, as a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa in the playoff final saw Derby confined to 2nd-tier football for the 12th-straight season.
Sarri out, Lampard in?
Reports emerging over the course of the last week, though, have suggested that Lampard’s debut campaign at Pride Park could yet prove to be his solitary season in charge of the Rams.
With Maurizio Sarri having been named the new Juventus boss yesterday afternoon, Chelsea are said to have identified Lampard as their no.1 target to replace the Italian:
— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) June 14, 2019
And, despite claims that Derby had moved to ward off Chelsea’s interest by opening talks with Lampard over a contract renewal over the weekend, subsequent reports have suggested that the 40-year-old is nevertheless keen to discuss the vacant hotseat at Stamford Bridge.
As per the latest update courtesy of ESPN, meanwhile, Chelsea will make a formal approach to gauge Lampard’s interest in making a return to the club this week.
At this point, the Blues will offer the English tactician a 3-year contract.
ESPN also label Lampard as ‘the preferred choice’ to replace Maurizio Sarri.
If appointed, former Chelsea academy coach Jody Morris and fitness coach Chris Jones would be expected to join Lampard’s staff.