Lampard set to move from Pensioners of Chelsea to England's young lions?

FA reportedly interested in former Blues boss for U-21 role; Barca lead Aguero chase.

SOCCER: Frank Lampard has emerged as a leading candidate for the England Under-21 role, according to The Daily Mail.

They report that the former Chelsea boss will be considered by the Football Association when they begin their search to replace Aidy Boothroyd.

Boothroyd is set to leave his post when his contract expires in the summer following a disappointing European Championship - England look set to again bow out in the group stage after losing their opening two games.

The Daily Mail claim Steve Cooper - who led the Under-17s to World Cup success in 2017, Paul Simpson, who oversaw the Under-20s World Cup success and QPR boss Mark Warburton are also in the frame.

Paddy Power price the England Under-21 job at 7/2 to be Lampard's next role.

However, club management is seen as a more realistic option for the former England midfielder.

Replacing Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace is favourite at 5/2.

Chelsea still in hunt for Bayern man

SOCCER: Chelsea remain in the hunt to sign Bayern Munich's David Alaba.

However, Manchester City are not thought to be interested in the left-back who will become a free agent in the summer.

Alaba's versatility would certainly appeal to Thomas Tuchel.

For the majority of his career, the 28-year-old has operated as a left-back. However, over the past year, he has taken up residency as a centre-back at Bayern.

He can also operate as a defensive midfielder.

Real Madrid still appear to be in pole position, however. Sky Bet price them as 1/2 favourites to land the left-back, with the Blues 6/1.

But despite reports circulating that a deal was struck with Real in January, Alaba's adviser Pini Zahavi said nothing was certain. Asked if the Austrian was heading to La Liga he told kicker: "We're still talking to other clubs."

Paris Saint-Germain (9/1) and Barcelona (5/2) complete the four clubs thought to be vying for Alaba's signature.

"David has to choose who will win the race," added Zahavi.

PSG rival Barcelona for Aguero

SOCCER: Paris Saint-Germain are working on a deal to sign Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero as a free agent in the summer, according to Todofichajes.

But it is Barcelona who are currently leading the race for the Argentine, after his departure from City was confirmed, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Newly-elected club president Joan Laporta vowed earlier this year to sign the City legend if his campaign was successful.

The opportunity to play alongside fellow countryman Lionel Messi is also said to appeal to Aguero, with their relationship dating back to when they were teenagers.

Barcelona are rated 11/10 to land the 32-year-old in the summer with Paddy Power, with PSG 5/1 shots.

A move to MLS has often been mooted as a possibility and is priced at 12/1.

* All odds correct at time of publication

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