Frank Lampard ‘offered contract’ to become Chelsea manager
The Blues are in the market for a new boss after Maurizio Sarri left to take charge at Juventus.
Sarri enjoyed a successful campaign at Stamford Bridge, guiding them to a third-place finish before winning the Europa League.
But the Italian split opinion among supporters due to stubborn team selections and regular digs at fans in his press conferences.
There were concerns Sarri could struggle to continue implementing his playing style with Chelsea banned from signing players this summer.
Club chiefs were happy to let him leave in order to replace Massimiliano Allegri at Juve.
Lampard is the favourite to come in following an impressive debut season in charge of Derby.
And according to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, Lampard’s return to Stamford Bridge is edging closer.
The managerial revelation comes amid news that:
“Chelsea is closing for Frank Lampard as a new manager.”
Italian journalist Nicolo Schira
“#Chelsea is closing for Frank #Lampard as a new manager,” Schira tweeted.
“Blues have offered a contract until 2022. #transfers #CFC.”
Derby are determined to hold on to Lampard and assistant Jody Morris.
But they could struggle to stop the pair securing a dream move, with Chelsea reportedly willing to pay the £4m compensation demands.
The pursuit of Lampard has raised eyebrows due to his inexperience as a manager.
However, it’s thought his affinity with the club will boost morale among the players and the fanbase.
It’s hoped Lampard will take advantage of Chelsea’s impressive academy system by blooding youngsters into the first team.
And should the Blues hit a rocky patch, Lampard’s hero status will naturally earn him more patience with supporters, who were quick to turn on Sarri last season.