Next Chelsea Manager Betting: Lamaprd 1/20 for Stamford Bridge move as talks get underway

Championship side Derby County have granted the Blues permission to speak to the 41-year-old about the vacancy created by Maurizio Sarri's departure

Frank Lampard's return to Chelsea appears to be edging closer by the day.

Having been the red-hot favourite to take over for weeks, Derby County confirmed on Tuesday they have granted the Blues permission to speak to Lampard.

As a result of that announcement, SportPesa now make the 41-year-old just 1/20 (1.05) to take over at Stamford Bridge.

The Rams stressed that they didn't want proceedings to be drawn out, especially with pre-season fast approaching.

Jody Morris, Frank Lampard and Chris Jones at Derby County

Indeed, Derby will head to Florida for a training camp before their first friendly against Sarasota Metropolis on July 10. Chelsea's preparations click into gear nine days later as they begin a pair of friendlies in Japan against Kawasaki Frontale and Barcelona.

Lampard led Derby to the Championship play-off final last season, but they lost 2-1 to Aston Villa at Wembley. Regardless, it appears Chelsea all-time leading scorer will become a Premier League manager after just a year on the sidelines.

The Stamford Bridge vacancy looks an especially tough assignment. A transfer ban will rule out any new signings and Eden Hazard's departure for Real Madrid has weakened the Blues ahead of the new season, although they do have the services of Christian Pulisic to call upon though as his transfer was agreed before the punishment was handed down.

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The USA international's arrival will provide a timely fillip for a team that look set to rely heavily on their expansive crop of young players in the coming months.

Elsewhere in the market Rafael Benitez is second favourite for a dramatic return to Chelsea at 9/1 (10.0) although that seems unlikely even without the latest developments with regards to Lampard.

Former Barcelona and Spain boss Luis Enrique is 16/1 (17.0) to make a move to the Premier League ahead of another former Blues boss - Jose Mourinho - who is 22/1 (23.0).

Chelsea are 25/1 (26.0) to win the Premier League title in 2019-20 and the same price about the Blues replicating their 2012 Champions League victory.

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