Chelsea’s apparently won’t be casting the net out to search for a new manager this summer, instead they will reportedly focus solely on bringing in Derby County manager Frank Lampard back to Stamford Bridge.
 
However, Derby are ready ‘to play hardball’ and will make Chelsea pay-up if they make an official approach for the Blues legend, according to the Telegraph the compensation will be priced at around £4 million.
 
The would not be as much had Chelsea not qualified for the Champions League – with the clause in Lampard’s contract stating a top four club would have to stump up a higher compensation fee.
 
The fee though is not expected to be any kind of issue, with Chelsea recouping £5m from the deal taking Maurizio Sarri to Juventus, and knowing that Frank Lampard will know the situation the club faces (transfer ban) and be sympathetic to the club’s needs.
 
Derby, say the report, have not had any approach from Chelsea to this point and remain relaxed about Lampard’s tenure at the club. Planning is gearing towards pre-season with the Rams and the potential of more money for the former England midfielder to spend this summer.
 
Derby owner Mel Morris spoke directly to the Telegraph a few weeks ago and said that the Rams would back Frank Lampard should the opportunity to be the next Chelsea manager come along;
 
I would always be pleased we gave him the opportunity, proud of what he has achieved with us, and if that happened sooner rather than later I would just hope it works out for him. There would be absolutely no ill feeling and we’d understand it’s probably an opportunity he couldn’t turn down.”

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