Chelsea identified Frank Lampard as an ideal replacement for Maurizio Sarri

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Chelsea have reportedly identified Frank Lampard and Nuno Espirito Santo as top target this summer in order to replace under-fire manager Maurizio Sarri.

The West London club’s terrible’ form under Sarri has recently improved for a number of games, however, failure to beat either Everton or Wolverhampton Wanderers has departed from the team in sixth place in the English top-tier.

Italian manager now finds himself under pressure again and it is believed that Chelsea have already made a shortlist of managers who could arrive at the club.

The report claimed that Wolves head-coach Nuno has gained admirers behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge, with Premier League club, Wolves having taken four points off the Blues this campaign.

The Blues legendary midfielder Lampard stays an obvious choice for the West Londoners and their fans, however, much could depend on whether the Englishman can gain promotion from Derby country to Championship.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will allegedly only consider a change before the end of the current campaigns if the Blues are eliminated from the Europa League 1/4 playoff round.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are reportedly planning to trigger the buy-back clause in the contract of Bournemouth versatile defender Nathan Ake after the end of the current campaign.

The Dutch defender has joined the Cherries from the Blues for £20m in June 2017 after his stunning form during an initial loan spell, and he has since established himself as a vital member of Eddie Howe’s side at Dean Court.

The Dutchman’s form has drawn the attention of some of the Premier League’s top teams, though, and De Telegraaf claimed that the Blues are now weighing up the possibility of bringing Dutchman back to Stamford Bridge.