Reports in Italy claim the Derby boss will take charge at Stamford Bridge after impressing in the Championship
Frank Lampard could be set for a sensational return to Chelsea in the summer as their new manager with the club expected to sack Maurizio Sarri.
According to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, the Blues will get rid of the former Napoli boss despite him guiding them back into the Champions League and even if he manages to beat Arsenal in the Europa League final on May 29.
He also took Chelsea to the Carabao Cup final, but they were beaten by Manchester City on penalties and despite this, Roman Abramovich is set to wield the axe once more.
The 60-year-old has endured a difficult debut season in England with his football coming under-fire from Chelsea fans and Abramovich is concerned by Sarri’s relationship with the Stamford Bridge faithful who have made their feelings known on a number of occasions.
Lampard is a Chelsea legend and his appointment would be welcome news, having made 648 appearances for the Blues and he is the club’s all-time leading scorer with 211 goals.
He left Chelsea in 2014, going on to play for Manchester City, before enjoying a two-year stint in America with New York City FC.
The former England midfielder has impressed since becoming a manager at Derby County, guiding them to the play-offs, where they face Leeds United for the chance to face Aston Villa in the Championship Play-Off final at Wembley.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side hold the advantage going to Elland Road for the second leg on Wednesday, with commentary live on talkSPORT from 7:45pm.