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Chelsea considering German head coach as Frank Lampard alternative

Chelsea are looking at former RB Leipzig head coach Ralf Rangnick as a potential successor to Maurizio Sarri should the Italian take over at Juventus.

Sarri is the Italian champions’ top target to replace Massimiliano Allegri and Juve director Fabio Paratici was reportedly in London this week to discuss a compensation package with Chelsea, who want around £5million.

Derby County boss and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is the favourite to take over at Stamford Bridge, while the Blues have also looked at Premier League bosses like Javi Gracia and Nuno Espirito Santo.

Now German newspaper Bild have thrown a new name into the mix in the form of RB Leipzig chief Rangnick, who stepped down as manager at the end of the season.

Leipzig agreed a deal for Hoffenheim’s up-and-coming young coach Julian Nagelsmann to take over this summer, while Paderborn’s Markus Krosche takes on Rangnick’s old role of sporting director.

Instead, the 60-year-old has been given a new role as head of sport and development soccer at Red Bull and will help oversee the growth of MLS side New York Red Bulls and Brazilian outfit CA Bragantino.

However, Bild report that Chelsea could try and tempt Ragnick to remain in coaching, while his reputation for developing young players will be needed as the Blues face up to their looming transfer ban.

Rangnick is attracted to the possibility of managing in the Premier League – a long-held ambition – though Chelsea have not opened official talks just yet.

Lampard, however, has been sounded out and Chelsea bosses are believed to be keen on the idea of bringing back a bona fide club legend to unite a fanbase that turned on ‘Sarri-ball’ last season despite a third-place Premier League finish and Europa League triumph.