Thomas Tuchel ‘could join Chelsea FC following his sacking by at Frech Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain.
The 47-year-old German coach was fired by PSG last week, just four months after leading them to the final of the Champions League, with former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino primed to replace him.
Tuchel has received a pay-off of £5.4million and would be free to take over at another club right away.
Tuchel would be interested in the Chelsea job if the opportunity arose and would relish the opportunity to work with Germany internationals Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Antonio Rudiger.
Tuchel isn’t planning a lengthy sabbatical following his departure from PSG and is open to offers.
There was contact between Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel when he left Borussia Dortmund back in 2017.
Lampard’s team have suffered defeats by Everton, Wolves and Arsenal in recent weeks in a dent to their Premier League title aspirations.
They will be looking for a response in Monday’s home fixture against Aston Villa, otherwise Lampard will come under further pressure.
Lampard guided Chelsea to a fourth place finish last season – his first in charge at Stamford Bridge – and they also reached the final of the FA Cup, losing to Arsenal.
The Gunners, struggling in the bottom half of the table, exposed several flaws in the Chelsea team in their 3-1 win on Boxing Day. But prior to their current sticky patch, Chelsea had gone 17 matches unbeaten in all competitions.
Lampard was highly critical of his players after the loss at the Emirates, saying: ‘You learn more about your players when they are on a bad run.
‘I learn about the players and the players have to learn about themselves.
‘Some of them are young and these tough times are things that we will have to go through.
‘I don’t think this season was ever going to be plain sailing, winning every week.
‘But the players lacked character against Arsenal and they know that.’
Lampard was entrusted to rebuild Chelsea’s squad and is in the preliminary stages of doing so. Getting rid now would only see Chelsea move backwards, even with Tuchel in charge.
Lampard was backed significantly in the summer transfer window with a £250m spending spree, but a few of his bigger signings have been disappointing.
Timo Werner and Kai Havertz in particular – who cost a combined £130m – have been criticised for their poor performances.
On the back of three defeats from four Premier League matches, Chelsea find themselves down in eighth position in the standings.
Club officials have previously held an interest in Tuchel, who has also previously managed Borussia Dortmund and PSG.