Frank Lampard has been given the green light by Derby Country to engage in talks with Chelsea about their managerial vacancy.
The Blues have been looking for a new coach since Maurizio Sarri left the club last week to join Serie A champions Juventus.
Chelsea are now set to pay up to £4million in compensation in order to prise Lampard away from Pride Park.
He is set to be joined by Jody Morris, his former Blues team-mate and current number two at Derby.
Lampard made 648 appearances for the west London outfit and he left in 2014 as the club’s all-time record goalscorer with 211 strikes.
The 41-year-old is now set to depart Derby after just one year in charge after he failed to secure promotion from the Championship.
The Rams were beaten by Aston Villa in the play-off final at Wembley, but Chelsea chiefs have been impressed with his work after helping Chelsea youngsters Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori during their loan spells in the Midlands.
Chelsea loaned out 43 players last season but Lampard is now set to assess the squad in the coming days after Derby allowed him to talk to his former club.
In a statement they said: ‘Derby County Football Club can confirm that they have granted permission for Chelsea Football Club to speak to Frank Lampard about the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge.
‘With pre-season fast approaching for both clubs it is hoped this will allow Chelsea to swiftly conclude their discussions.
‘The club will make no further comment until it is appropriate to do so.’