The former Chelsea midfielder is edging closer to getting the job at Stamford Bridge.

Derby Country have given Chelsea permission to speak to their current manager Frank Lampard about the possibility of taking over at Stamford Bridge, the Championship club said on Tuesday.

Lampard has emerged as the favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea after the Italian joined Serie A champions Juventus earlier this month.

โ€œWith pre-season fast approaching for both clubs it is hoped this will allow Chelsea to swiftly conclude their discussions,โ€ Derby said in a statement, adding they would not comment further until it was appropriate to do so.

Lampard, who won three Premier League titles and the Champions League as a player at Chelsea, led Derby to the Championship play-off final last season in his first year in management.

However, he has just one season’s experience in management and it wasnโ€™t even with an English top-flight side.

Lampard, 41, spent 13 years as a Chelsea player and would replace Maurizio Sarri, who has joined Juventus after one season at Stamford Bridge.

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If he does take over, he will inherit a transfer embargo after Chelsea were given a two-window transfer ban by the world governing body Fifa โ€“ a decision the club are appealing against at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

So Chelsea are unlikely to be able to make any signings this summer as they are serving a two-window transfer ban from FIFA.

And their best player of recent times has also departed after Eden Hazard completed a 100 million euro ($114 million) move to Real Madrid.

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