Chelsea given permission to hold talks with Derby manager

Chelsea have been given permission to speak to Derby County boss Frank Lampard about their vacant manager’s job.

Lampard spent 13 years as a Chelsea player and would replace Maurizio Sarri, who has joined Juventus.

“With pre-season fast approaching for both clubs it is hoped this will allow Chelsea to swiftly conclude their discussions,” said a Derby statement.

“The club will make no further comment until it is appropriate to do so.”