Derby have entered talks with Frank Lampard over an extension to his contract – although Chelsea are still expected to make a formal approach to hire him, as per reports.
Lampard still has two years on his existing contract but Derby had always planned to discuss a fresh long-term deal at the end of the season.
With no formal approach from Chelsea yet to discuss taking him to Stamford Bridge, Derby are pushing ahead with their plans to build a structure around him.
Chelsea regard Lampard as their top choice to replace Maurizio Sarri, who has reached an agreement 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 to bring in Lampard.