Lampard on the verge of becoming Chelsea manager

Chelsea are close to confirming Frank Lampard as manager.

The Blues have been given permission by Derby to speak to Lampard, who led the Rams to the Championship play-off final in his first season in management.

Lampard, Chelsea’s all-time record goalscorer, is set to replace Maurizio Sarri, who recently left Stamford Bridge for Juventus.

The former England midfielder, 41, spent 13 trophy-laden years at Chelsea and is a hugely popular figure among fans.

His appointment will also mean a return to the Bridge for Jody Morris.

The Hammersmith-born Morris, who made 124 league appearances for Chelsea as a player, left his coaching role at the club last year to become Lampard’s assistant at Derby.

Chelsea opened formal talks with Lampard after indicating that they were ready to pay Derby the £4m in compensation required.

“With pre-season fast approaching for both clubs it is hoped this will allow Chelsea to swiftly conclude their discussions,” a Derby statement read.

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