Frank Lampard has demanded that Didier Drogba be named as one of the coaching members of Chelsea should he be appointed as the manager of the side, this is according to reports.
Chelsea are currently looking to replace Maurizio Sarri, who has reportedly agreed terms to return to Italy with Juventus. While several managers have been linked with a move to the Stamford Bridge, Lampard appears the favourite to nick the job.
He has held talks with Chelsea over the managerial position and on the same day, he was spotted hanging out with Drogba.
The imminent appointment of Lampard has divided the opinion of the club’s fanbase but Drogba has thrown his weight behind the ex England international like Rio Ferdinand.
Lampard is expected to bring forth the coaches that worked with him at Derby County – apparently, he wants Drogba to be one of his key men too.
At Derby County, Lampard narrowly failed to help them gain promotion but he has earned plaudits for the prospect showed so far.
Gianfranco Zola is still in the books of Chelsea and there is no telling if he’d continue in his role or be given a new designation.
The Chelsea job is not one that would be easy for any manager given the transfer ban handed to the club but we know Lampard is aware of this.
Chelsea Set To Miss Out On Star Player To Manchester City
Manchester City are set to leapfrog Chelsea in the race for Leicester City left-back Ben Chiwell in the January.
Though Lampard is ineligible to make any official move for new players as at the time of this report due to FIFA’s transfer suspension, the English tactician and his employers hope to see the ban lifted in or before January.
The Blues are heavily linked with a move for the Foxes fullback as part of Lampard’s desire to upgrade his team this winter, should they eventually see FIFA’s sanction being lifted before next year.
However, Manchester City are now set to beat the Blues to the player as reports via Offside Football reveals that Pep Guardiola is willing to spend big on his services.
Guardiola, whose side currently occupy the fourth position, is far from impressed with Benjamin Mendy’s display this season and he is set to release him in the winter.
The media outlet suggested that the former Barcelona manager has set his sights on the England international as perfect man to replace the Frenchman and he would do everything possible to lure him to the Etihad Stadium.
The 22-year-old left-back is having a great time under Rodgers at the King Power Stadium and it remains to be seen if the Foxes will listen to offers from the two Premier League giants.
Chelsea to reignite interest in £43m-rated full-back next summer
Chelsea’s transfer ban will be lifted at the end of the season and manager Frank Lampard will finally sign his first player as Chelsea boss.
The Blues are said to be targeting some top players ahead of the next summer window and Albanian right-back Elseid Hysaj is one of them.
According to Radio Punto TNuovo, the Blues are ready to reignite their desire to see the player at Stamford Bridge despite their inability to capture his services during Maurizio Sarri’s reign.
The former San Paolo star hasn’t been in a spectacular form for Napoli this season due to lack of regular game-time and he is being monitored by Lampard, who feels there is a need to upgrade his defence before next season.
However, it is believed that the manager’s interest and desire to work with Hysaj is dependent on Reece James’s display throughout the rest of this season.
The young England international was lively against Crystal Palace as he prevented Manchester United’s transfer target Wilfred Zaha from having a meaning impact during the encounter.
Should James maintain such performance till the end of this season, it is very likely to see Lampard pull out of the race to sign the Napoli star before the 2020-21 begins.
Hysaj has featured in eight games in all competitions so far but he’s still in search of his first goal. He is valued at £43m by the Serie A giants.
Chelsea star has been asked to leave club in January
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has been advised to dump Chelsea in January if he must continue to feature in Didier Deschamps’ squad ahead of Euro 2020 qualifiers.
The World Cup winner lost his place at Stamford Bridge to Tammy Abraham prior to the start of the season and he has only featured in just six games for the Blues.
Considering the player’s experience and importance to his team, France national team head coach Deschamps has advised the former Arsenal centre-forward to end his spell at Stamford Bridge if he fail break into Lampard’s starting lineup before the end of the year.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan are said to be eyeing a possible move for Giroud as Conte hopes to work with the player having failed to work with him during his days as Chelsea manager.
According to Italian media outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, the San Siro outfits are already in talks with the Blues and a deal could be reached in or before January.
Moving out of the West London club could be the best option for Giroud as it is very unlikely to see Lampard drop in-form Abraham from his list of regular starters.
Giroud has played 44 Premier League matches and has scored five goals since joining the Blues in 2018.