Chelsea are willing to replace Maurizio Sarri with Frank Lampard this summer

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There are still questions being raised about Maurizio Sarri's future at Chelsea.

Considering the club finished respectably in the Premier League, proving the best of the rest behind Manchester City and Liverpool, doubts continue to be raised about the Italian's suitability.

Many supporters feel that Sarri has failed in his attempts to implement the philosophy he used at Napoli and that the Carabao Cup final debacle showed he was out of the touch with the squad.

It seems to leave Chelsea in a situation where they're not actively looking to replace Sarri, but would potentially swap managers if the right opportunity presented itself.

The again, when you consider the regularity with which Roman Abramovich gets through managers, Sarri probably would have been sweating even if he won the league title.

Debate about Sarri's future

One of the names that has been linked the most is Frank Lampard who, despite enjoying a promising year with Derby County, has been in management for less than a season.

However, such is Lampard's status at Stamford Bridge, that many are hoping he will take over some time in the future and become a success akin to Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.

It certainly seems a match made in heaven, but you would image that Chelsea would at least like their greatest ever goalscorer to gain managerial experience in the Premier League.

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Chelsea open to Lampard takeover

Well, that might not actually be the case, because reports in Italy have astonishingly suggested that Lampard could become the Chelsea manager as early as this summer.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sports Italia, both Sarri and Chelsea could agree to part ways regardless of the result in this year's Europa League final.

That's because Sarri is believed to have interest in the Juventus job, although Simone Inzaghi is also being considered to replace Massimiliano Allegri at the Allianz Stadium.

However, if Sarri does wave goodbye to Stamford Bridge after one season, the report explains that Chelsea: 'would be willing to change and focus on Lampard.'

In other words, Chelsea would have very few objections if their current boss departed and would set their sights on bring the Derby manager to the club that loves him dearest. 

Given the tense atmosphere between Sarri, the fans and the club, perhaps it would make sense for him to depart and potentially leave on the high of Europa League glory.

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Interestingly, the Italian media have branded Sarri's debut season as 'excellent' and the criticism being levelled at him certainly appeared harsh at times.

However, with genuine questions about his compatibility, an amicable departure could make sense and Lampard - if nothing else - would definitely have a greater understanding of the club.

Chelsea fans: Would you take Lampard over Sarri this summer? Have your say in the comments section below.

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