Chelsea have reportedly opened talks with Frank Lampard regarding the managerial role at Stamford Bridge.
According to Goal, Chelsea bosses have held talks with the club’s former midfielder as he continues to emerge as the front runner for the job.
An official announcement regarding Sarri’s future is expected in the coming days, with it looking increasingly likely that he will be the man that replaces Massimo Allegri in Turin.
The report claims that both clubs could make an announcement in the coming days as they both aim to have their managerial decisions resolved by the end of the week.
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag, who earned plenty of admirers last season, is said to be in the running but he is not so keen on taking over with the transfer ban looming over the club.
Lampard has been the overriding favourite among Chelsea supporters after a disappointing season under Sarri at Stamford Bridge.
Why Lampard would be a good appointment for Chelsea
Chelsea fans have been disappointed with Sarri this season and Lampard’s return would no doubt bring back the feel-good factor around the club.
Chelsea would be appointing a forward-thinking youthful coach, rather than going for someone who is more ‘tried and tested’.
Morris' return that could follow
Jody Morris could follow Lampard back to Stamford Bridge and that would be incredible news for Chelsea given his knowledge of the academy structure.
He wants the job
Not many candidates are willing to take the job with the current transfer situation. Lampard would find it hard to turn the opportunity down.