Derby County manager, Frank Lampard, has told his players he will leave for Chelsea if the right offer comes in, the UK Mirror reports.
The former Blues midfielder is the favourite to take over from Maurizio Sarri, who left to join Juventus last weekend.
Initial talks between the Rams and the Premier League giants are said to have been held, but the Sky Bet Championship side are yet to receive a formal offer for their boss.
Derby want £4million in compensation for Lampard, who is set to be offered a three-year deal by Roman Abramovich.
Meanwhile, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has turned down an approach to replace Lampard at Pride Park, while Lee Bowyer signed a new contract with recently-promoted Charlton.
Lampard’s former Chelsea colleague, John Terry, has also extended his deal as Aston Villa assistant manager.