Chelsea: Lampard admits Werner struggling to adapt
Chelsea officials would consider making a move for Thomas Tuchel if they were to part ways with Frank Lampard, according to reports in Germany. Roman Abramovich will apparently consider firing the club legend if the Blues lose against Aston Villa on Monday evening.
Tuchel is now available after leaving Paris Saint-Germain.
The German boss was dismissed on Christmas Eve – just after his PSG side beat Strasbourg 4-0.
But his departure took time to be completed, with talks taking place over the last couple of days to sort out the financials.
Now, however, it has been claimed that his exit has been wrapped up in a package worth £5.4million, making him free to negotiate with a new club.
He has been linked with Arsenal in the past, but it now appears he could be headed elsewhere in London.
Chelsea’s spluttering start to the season continued on Boxing Day as they were beaten 3-1 by Arsenal at the Emirates.
That was their third defeat in their last four games, leaving the Blues in eighth spot in the table.
They face Aston Villa – who are ahead of them in the league and have two games in hand – on Monday evening in what could be a crucial game for Lampard’s future.
German outlet BILD claims another defeat for Chelsea could see Abramovich part ways with Lampard.
To add substance to the report, BILD is the same publication which broke the news of Tuchel’s departure from PSG.
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.
But the two German playmakers are apparently part of the reason for Tuchel’s interest in taking over at Chelsea.
BILD claims the interest in Tuchel taking over at Chelsea is mutual between the two parties.
And former Chelsea player Tony Cascarino believes Lampard is under more pressure than under-fire Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta at the moment.
He said to talkSPORT: “Frank has got a real problem at the football club.
“I’m not convinced by the people that say Arteta is seriously under pressure; I think Frank is under every bit as much, and even more, pressure.”
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