Chelsea are planning to announce Frank Lampard as Maurizio Sarri's successor at Stamford Bridge in time for the start of pre-season next week.
The Blues still haven't confirmed how far they are in talks with the former England international, while Derby County's
They've set next Friday as a deadline as that's when the squad is due to report back to Cobham ahead of their pre-season preparations, which starts with a trip to Dublin before flying out to Japan.
Lampard is expected to sign a three-year contract with his former club, just one year into his senior managerial career, which is believed to be worth £16.5m.
Lampard's Derby County side last season reached the Championship play-off final but were eventually outclassed by Aston Villa, who themselves had lost to Fulham in a last ditch effort to gain promotion to the Premier League the year earlier.
The time is right! Will we see Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager soon? https://t.co/DYIvjtEZs2— 90min (@90min_Football) May 29, 2019
Two key players at Pride Park were actually on loan from Chelsea, meaning that youngsters Mason Mount and