Frank Lampard may be reunited with one of his protégés from Derby with midfielder Max Bird set to join Chelsea in the summer transfer window.
Football Insider have claimed that Bird will join Chelsea, with Derby receiving £5 Million for the transfer.
Bird made his first team debut for Derby last season under Frank Lampard.
Since Philip Cocu took over as Derby’s manager Bird has made 19 more appearances, including 12 EFL Championship starts.
He has also played 10 matches for Derby’s PL2 side this season.
Usually deployed as a deep midfielder, Bird’s strengths lie in his ability to read opposition attackers and make interceptions.
Bird’s passing range is adequate and he avoids dribbling where he can, looking to pass or clear once he wins possession of the ball.
As a defensive midfielder, Bird would be in direct competition with Billy Gilmour.
Gilmour has already made his senior debut for Chelsea, and was awarded the PL2 Player of the Month for August.
It is difficult to see Bird making an immediate impact at Chelsea, but Lampard does rate him.
Lampard has proven his eye for young talent with the likes of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Gilmour getting significant minutes this season.
Turning 20 in September, Bird will be eligible for the PL2 side for three more seasons. But he will likely go on loan at least once if he can’t break into the first team.
On the surface, £5million appears to be over the top. Especially in the post-coronavirus football economy.
It is believed that Chelsea will seek a lower fee, but it remains to be seen how low Derby are willing to go.
Bird has two years left on his contract with Derby, and Derby are under no obligation to let him go without an acceptable fee.