Derby have granted Chelsea permission to speak to Frank Lampard about the vacant manager’s job at Stamford Bridge.
Sky sources understand Chelsea have told Derby they are prepared to pay the £4m compensation clause in Lampard’s Rams contract.
The 41-year-old is in line to replace Maurizio Sarri after the Italian returned to his homeland with Juventus.
A Derby statement said: “Derby County Football Club can confirm that they have granted permission for Chelsea Football Club to speak to Frank Lampard about the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge.”
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