Chelsea want to meet with Derby County boss Frank Lampard over the managerial role at Stamford Bridge, according to Goal.
Current boss Maurizio Sarri is edging ever closer to taking the Juventus vacancy and the Europa League winners are preparing contingency plans.
Lampard has just enjoyed a stunning maiden campaign in management, leading the Rams to an unexpected Championship play-off final.
The former Blues fan favourite is a Stamford Bridge legend. Lampard is Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer with 211 goals from 429 appearances.
According to the report, Lampard is in the sights of Chelsea after Ajax boss Erik ten Hag remained cautious over the details of the transfer ban currently hanging over the club.
Losing the 40-year-old would represent a massive blow for Derby.
Lampard considerably lowered the wage budget at Pride Park, using his contacts to bring in a series of high-profile loan players. The Rams massively overachieved during 2018/19 and he has the club heading in the right direction.
This news will probably shock supporters of both Chelsea and Derby.
For the Blues, it is perhaps a surprise they aren’t opting for a bigger name to replace Sarri. Lampard clearly knows the club but he would essentially be taking the job after one season in management.
That doesn’t mean he isn’t capable of doing the job though.
Chelsea will need to get the best out of their young talent next season given their transfer ban.
Lampard did just that last season at Derby. Fikayo Tomori was a Chelsea loanee who was particularly impressive for the Rams in their run to Wembley.
Now seems like a relatively low-risk time to appoint their prodigal son into the managerial position.
Transfers are off the agenda and Lampard can simply use his man-management skills to get the very best out of a talented squad already in place at Stamford Bridge.