Chelsea released Maurizio Sarri as Head Coach just over a week ago, allowing him to make his desired move to Juventus.

This week, they are set to replace the Italian with former player and club legend, Frank Lampard, this according to a number of reports.

TalkSport have even claimed on Monday morning that he will be announced by Chelsea ‘within the next 48 hours’.

ESPN And The Evening Standard both believe that a conclusion will happen this week also.

Of course, Derby continue to deny that an approach for Frank Lampard has even arrived from Chelsea yet, but they expect it to come.

However, The Chelsea Echo understands this is not the case, and that Chelsea have been working on bringing Frank Lampard back to the club as head coach, since Sarri informed them of his desire to leave.

We believe that talks have happened between all parties, and that Lampard has agreed to join Chelsea, albeit only missing the finer details and the official confirmation of signing on the dotted line, that should happen this week.

Derby were keen to make moves for a replacement and confirm the details of compensation with Chelsea, which should all progress this week, allowing Lampard to join Chelsea upon return from his holiday later this week.

He is expected to be joined by Jody Morris as his assistant, and will also be bringing some of his coaching team from Derby County.

Whilst Italian Journalist Gianluca Di Marzio and his staff are also adamant that it will be Lampard replacing Sarri, a number of former Chelsea players also can’t help but get excited about the prospect, in particular Didier Drogba!

The former Chelsea striker who is a club ambassador and could possibly become more under Lampard, has posted a number of Instagram stories over the weekend all but confirming Lampard’s appointment!

Tammy Abraham has also spoke highly of his excitement of being managed by Frank, and current club coach Carlo Cudicini has today embraced the story with open arms believing Lampard is a good option for the club!

It really is now a matter of when, and not if Frank Lampard becomes the new Chelsea manager.

Simon Phillips