Lampard will be appointed by Chelsea as Lyon confirm target is free to leave

Lyon have told the likes of Chelsea that Nabil Fekir is pretty much free to leave this summer.

Hazard has not yet confirmed that the winger is leaving, but all indications in the media suggest that the Belgian will play his last match against Arsenal in the Europa league final at the end of the month.

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And although we cannot register players for this window, just yet, reports have claimed that they may reignite their interest in long-term Liverpool target Fekir, who almost made the move to the Premier League last summer.

And now they have been boosted in their chase to land the Frenchman after Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas admits that he has agreed to allow Fekir to complete a move away this summer.

‘Effectively, Nabil is outside [of the two departures we already expect to happen], because we have an understanding that he can go,’ said Aulas on the Goal website.

‘Thanks Nabil for bringing what he brought, we have an understanding to let him go.’

Robbie Savage has claimed it is only a matter of time before Chelsea get rid of Maurizio Sarri and replace him with club legend Frank Lampard.

Despite the fact that he managed to get us back inside the top three spots in the Premier League and also reach two finals, with the lads firm favourites to win the Europa league at the end of the month, there is much talk that we will look to axe the Italian if he fails to achieve a trophy this season.

The bookies have made Lampard the odds-on favourite to replace him.

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“If you listen to all the speculation, which I find disrespectful, he is likely to be gone after Wednesday’s Europa League final against the Gunners in faraway Baku,” Savage wrote in the Daily Mirror.

“His football has not always been free-flowing, to say the least, but the stats say he picked up more league points and got better results in Europe than his predecessor Antonio Conte last season.

“To finish in the top four and reach two finals is no mean feat, especially when he was appointed late last summer. But if Chelsea turn to Lampard I have to say he would be the ideal appointment.

“Lampard is so loved by the fans, and so admired by Abramovich, that he might be allowed one season to lay the foundations of a new-look team.

“He might even be forgiven a midtable finish. For me, it’s not a question of whether Lampard will go back to Chelsea as manager one day: It’s only a matter of time.

“Unless FIFA’s two-window transfer ban is overturned, whoever is in charge of the Blues next season is likely to be without Eden Hazard, who looks certain to leave for Real Madrid, and developing the crop of young talent among 42 players the club sent out on loan this season

“At Derby, Lampard has already helped Mason Mount to develop from an on-loan starlet into an England squad player, and the likes of Fikayo Tomori, Derby’s player of the year, have gained valuable first-team experience.

“If Sarri goes – and I repeat, I hope he doesn’t – and the transfer ban remains in place, Lamps would be the best man to lead Chelsea through the maze.”

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