Frank Lampard emerged as Chelsea’s No. 1 target to replace the current manager, whose future with the West Londoners had been up in the air for a number of months, following a stellar season with Derby County.
The Blues legend shone during his first season in management, in which he guided the Rams to the Championship play-offs final.
negotiations over the compensation package have been going on, with it understood the West London club will have to pay Derby close to 4 million pounds to acquire Lampard’s services.
They claim Lampard has informed Derby owner Mel Morris he wants to leave the club and that his appointment as manager will be announced within the next 48 hours.
Lampard’s impressive work with Chelsea duo Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori – who were on loan at Pride Park last season – is said to have impressed the Blues brass and played a huge factor in their decision to give him the job.