Chelsea is expected to finalise the appointment of Frank Lampard as their new manager next week,
The 41-year-old midfielder has been identified as the most preferred choice by the club owner Roman Abramovich to take over the charge from Maurizio Sarri, according to ESPN FC.
Chelsea is prepared to pay the sum of £4 million which is required to release Lampard from his contract with Derby.
Lampard will be expected to sign a three-year contract and will be accompanied by former Chelsea academy coach Jody Morris and also the long-time fitness coach Chris Jones.
Lampard will be working closely with his former Chelsea teammate Petr Cech, who has been announced as the club’s new technical and performance adviser on Friday.
Cech will provide his advice on all football and performance related matters and will also work to improve the pathway for the youngsters from the academy to the first-team squad.
Meanwhile, another member of Chelsea’s first Premier League title-winning team, Claude Makelele, has also been linked with a role helping to look after loan players, while academy coach Joe Edwards will be promoted.