Maurizio Sarri’s departure to Juventus has opened the door for club legend Frank Lampard to return to Stamford Bridge.
Lampard was picked as the person to replace Sarri after an impressive first year in management in which he guided Derby to the playoffs before losing to Aston Villa in the final.
According to The Sun, Lampard is set for talks with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in France this week over the vacant Chelsea manager’s job.
The Sun claims Lampard will meet Abramovich in his £380million Eclipse anchored off glitzy St Tropez.
It is believed Derby want £4m for the remaining two years of Lampard’s contract.
Meanwhile, former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes now is the perfect time for Lampard to manage Chelsea.
Redknapp said, according to The Sun: “Now’s the time. If Frank gets offered it, it’s all about timing. I know you can turn it down but it may never come again.
“He’s ready, he knows the game, he’s a very clever guy, a bright boy. It’s all about players, good players.
“He has this determination to be successful, nothing is going to stop him. He is very single minded and he’ll work all day and night to achieve that.
“If he comes to Chelsea it’s going to be hard, they’ve got a transfer embargo but there’s lots of good young talent there.
“Hazard is a massive loss obviously, but I still think there are lots of good players here everyone is talking about as being fantastic – Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount. He loves Mount.
“He knows the kids, if Jody Morris comes here with him, he’ll know the kids. We will see whether the young players they’ve got here that everyone talks about are good enough, because he would give them a chance.
“They keep going out on loan and doing well, stick them in and let’s see what they can do. I think there’s every chance that Frank would do that.
“Let them play, get out and play, let’s see what they can do – who knows. It could be a blessing in disguise, it could be a good thing for Chelsea all these young kids coming in with lots of energy, who love the club who have come through the youth policy.
“Who knows what they would do here? It’ll be exciting.”