Chelsea to offer Lampard 3-year deal

Maurizio Sarri

Derby are preparing for an official move from Chelsea, after the Blues recently agreed to allow Maurizio Sarri to return to Italy as take over as manager of Serie A Champions Juventus.

Speaking on Monday, Rams owner Mel Morris affirmed: "We've made it clear to everyone, but most importantly to Frank, that we want to retain him for the long term".

Chelsea are eyeing offering the role of loan manager at Stamford Bridge to Claude Makelele as part of the root-and-branch shake-up in west London this summer.

During his only experience in first team management so far, Lampard guided Derby to a sixth-placed finish in the Championship and nearly saw them promoted back to the Premier League for the first time in more than ten years but they were beaten in the playoff final by Aston Villa.

Chelsea will still have to agree a compensation package with Derby for Lampard and will reportedly redeploy money coming from Juventus for the compensation package for Sarri.

Moving for such a rookie coach would be a bold appointment by Chelsea and a big step for Lampard, but it would be a hugely popular move with supporters.

The 60-year-old replaces Max Allegri at Juventus after leading the Blues to Europa League glory in Azerbaijan last month and steering his side to a third-place finish in the Premier League in his one and only season in the English capital. "It looks to me as though it will happen", Redknapp said on talkSPORT's Sports Breakfast. But it's a great move; he's absolutely idolised at Chelsea - a genuine legend there.

Despite this, fans became frustrated at his regimented tactics and an apparent reluctance to play homegrown talents Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Chelsea said Sarri wanted to return to Italy to be nearer his family, including his elderly parents.

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