Frank Lampard, Laurent Blanc and Max Allegri are on Chelsea’s shortlist should Maurizio Sarri leave for Juventus. Reports are growing that Sarri could be heading to the Italian champions, who are stepping up their attempts to strike a deal with Chelsea over his release.
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Chelsea may be willing to let him move on and are lining up replacements with former midfielder Lampard leading the queue of those linked with stepping into the west London hot seat should Sarri depart. The Derby manager remains hugely popular at all levels of the Stamford Bridge set-up, and has already worked with Chelsea loanees Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori this term with the Rams.
Lampard would be receptive to helping young talent blossom at the Bridge, especially should the club wind up subject to FIFA’s two-window transfer ban. Chelsea can still appeal against that ban with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The unseated Juventus manager Allegri and former France and Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc are other names in the frame.