Frank Lampard is on the verge of becoming Chelsea manager, as his current employers Derby County have allowed him speak with the London club about their vacant post.

Lampard has been touted for the position for weeks, and speculation has intensified after Chelsea allowed Maurizio Sarri leave for Juventus.

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Derby have released a statement saying, “Derby County Football Club can confirm that they have granted permission for Chelsea Football Club to speak to Frank Lampard about the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge”.

In his first season as a manager, Lampard guided Derby to the Championship play-off final at Wembley, where they fell 2-1 to Aston Villa.

-Noah Harte