Chelsea will have to pay £4m in compensation to take Lampard from Derby

first_imgLampard is Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer Sarri is closing in on a return to Italy with Juventus Sarri, who guided Chelsea to a third-place finish in the Premier League and a Europa League win, will complete a return to Italy after a single season in English football. Other managers have been linked with the role, but it is understood Lampard is now Chelsea’s top choice to replace the outgoing Italian.Massimiliano Allegri, who had been touted as a potential candidate for the role, announced on Thursday he is to take a year out of football after leaving Juventus.Lampard still has two years on his existing contract, and it is understood while he would find it impossible to turn Chelsea down if an offer is made to him, he is also very respectful of Derby’s fans and the club’s owner, Mel Morris, who gave him his first chance as a manager. Lampard spent 13 years in west London, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Europa League, and Champions League, becoming the club’s all-time top goalscorer in the process.Morris, who started his playing career at Chelsea, impressed as a youth coach at Stamford Bridge before leaving to join Lampard at Derby.Both have an acute understanding of the club’s youth setup and players who are out on loan, which could be vital given their impending transfer ban.Chelsea have appealed against their two-window transfer ban imposed by FIFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.If Chelsea appoint Lampard, he will be the first English manager to take charge of the club in 23 years. Source: Scenter_img Under the terms of his current deal, any club wishing to take him is required to pay £3.5m in compensation to Derby and that figure rises to £4m if the buying club is playing Champions League football, which Chelsea will be doing next season.With negotiations and legal discussions yet to start, it is thought it may still take a week or more before Lampard could be introduced as the new Chelsea manager.Lampard enjoyed an impressive debut season in management, leading Derby to the Championship play-off final where they lost 2-1 to Aston Villa.Chelsea are facing the prospect of a two-window transfer ban but would be appointing two figures with a deep understanding of the club should Lampard return alongside his Derby assistant Jody Morris. Derby will demand £4m in compensation if Chelsea are to take Frank Lampard as their new manager – though there is a clause in his contract which allows him to move, according to Sky Sports News.Chelsea are yet to make a formal approach, but Derby are bracing themselves for that to happen now an agreement has been reached for Maurizio Sarri to take over at Juventus.Sky in Italy understand that, while Chelsea and Juventus have agreed the details of Sarri’s move to Turin, he will not be confirmed until the Premier League club have finalised plans for his replacement, who they hope will be Lampard. Maurizio Sarri won the Europa League trophy with Chelsealast_img read more

Arsenal fans descend on C.K Akonnor after he advised Thomas Partey not to join Gunners

first_imgFans of the North London club predictably took to social media to take on the Black Stars gaffer after he made those comments, asking why the Black Stars were chasing Gunners youngster Eddie Nketiah to represent Ghana, if Akonnor didn’t think Arsenal was good enough.Some went further to accuse C.K Akonnor, who once captained German Bundesliga side, Wolfsburg and the Black Stars, of jealousy.Others, however, commended the coach for his forthrightness on the matter.Take a look at some of the reactions below: Arsenal fans weren’t too happy with Black Stars head coach, Charles Kwablan Akonnor’s advice to midfielder Thomas Partey not to move to the Premier League club.Speaking on Starr FM on Wednesday night, Akonnor suggested that staying at Atletico Madrid might be the best thing for Partey, as he would be guaranteed Champions League football, unlike at Arsenal.“Honestly, I wouldn’t want him to move to Arsenal because, with Atletico, he will always play Champions League football. His position is guaranteed and he will always play. With Arsenal, I’m not too sure,” Akonnor said.“I’m sure money issues will come in, but I hope that whatever he asks for, Atletico will be able to pay.”Akonnor, who knew that his comments would not go down well with Gunners fans, remarking: “Arsenal fans will kill me.”Thomas ParteyAnd that has indeed proven to be the case.Arsenal have been pursuing a deal for the Ghanaian midfielder since January.The English club are reluctant to pay Partey’s €50m release clause and recently had an offer of £23m plus Matteo Guendouzi rejected by Atletico.More from Citi Sportslast_img read more