Chelsea could further stall Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus appointment after reports Derby County have offered Frank Lampard a new contract.
The situation has been dragging on for a month now and Juve cannot formally hire Sarri until he has terminated his existing contract by mutual consent.
That is proving to be a lot more difficult than anyone anticipated, with Italian reports claiming Chelsea will release him for £1.1m in compensation, whereas English sources put it anywhere from £5-10m.
A two-year contract with option for a third is all ready for Sarri at Juve, worth €6m per season.
Now another problem has emerged, as The Telegraph newspaper claims Derby County have offered a new deal to Coach Lampard, who is the number one choice to replace Sarri.
If the Stamford Bridge giants are unable to find a suitable heir, they may well try to keep hold of Sarri.
After all, he had originally requested an exit in March when fans were constantly insulting him, although some of them have since come round after he took them to third place in the Premier League and to victory in the Europa League.
There also remain a few absolutely adamant Italian reporters who maintain the next Juventus boss will be Pep Guardiola, despite him pledging his commitment to Manchester City.