Cape Town - Frank Lampard is reportedly being lined up as a potential replacement for Maurizio Sarri, who is being linked with the vacant post at Serie A giants Juventus.
Sarri has emerged as a surprise target for the Old Lady following the decision to part company with Max Allegri on Friday, but rumours are growing by the day that he is definitely the man they want to step into the hot seat.
The likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp have been linked with a switch to Turin, but Sarri is favourite and it could save Chelsea a fortune as they would not need to sack him and pay him off.
Reports have been growing that Chelsea are planning to sack Sarri, irrespective of what happens in the Europa League final against Arsenal, and replace him with Lampard, who could be on the verge of taking Derby into the Premier League.
It is a complicated situation as the Blues prepare for the Gunners clash at the same time that Derby gets ready for the Championship play-off final against Aston Villa, and there will not be any announcements until after the games are completed.
However, rumours are bubbling away in the background which suggest Sarri will join Juve and Blues legend Lampard will return to Chelsea.