Chelsea cleared for Lampard talks
Several English media outlets are reporting on Tuesday that Chelsea have now been cleared to commence talks with Lampard over the manager's job, which became free following Maurizio Sarri's return to Italy at Juventus a week ago.
Lampard has been the name most heavily linked with taking over at Stamford Bridge, garnering some key managerial experience over the past year as he led Derby County to the Championship playoff final during his first season in the dugout.
In fact, the Championship club then confirmed the news with a statement released on their website.
"Derby County Football Club can confirm that they have granted permission for Chelsea Football Club to speak to Frank Lampard about the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge", the statement opened by saying.
"With pre-season fast approaching for both clubs it is hoped this will allow Chelsea to swiftly conclude their discussions", the club then added.
The 41 year-old is a club legend at 'The Blues', and is their all-time top goalscorer with 209 goals in 640 appearances at the London-based club.
'Sky Sports' are reporting that Chelsea are willing to pay the £4 million compensation clause in the Englishman's Derby contract, paving the way for a return back to the Bridge ahead of next season.