Derby County manager Frank Lampard is making plans for next season and in particular is looking to strengthen his squad, having narrowly missed out on promotion this season following play-off final defeat to Aston Villa.
One player in Lampard’s sights is former Arsenal and current Juventus striker Steph Mavididi, who broke into the first team at the Bianconieri late last season, having impressed in the U23’s, as exclusively reported on TEAMtalk.
So do you think Derby have a realistic chance of signing Mavididi this summer?
“He’s Derby-born so he would probably jump at the chance to play in his home town, having been away in Italy for the past year.
“Derby have had success with young loan players last season, Juventus should recognise this and perhaps encourage the player to sign for The Rams.
“Derby currently have Waghorn, Marriott and Bennett in their ranks, all good players so it could be difficult for Mavididi to break into the side – that would be the only concern.”
“Not a chance, no.
“I can’t see him going to Derby of all place, but Frank Lampard might be a draw.
“If he’s coming back it has to be for something, or someone special.
“Lampard is a world-renowned former player and that might tempt him away from Turin.
“I can’t see it though, it sounds fanciful to me.”
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see this happen.
“Mavididi has had loan spells at other clubs in the EFL before and he probably isn’t going to get a proper chance for Juventus next season, so another loan move would make sense for him.
“He’s an exciting player and clearly has a lot of potential, so he could be a very good signing for the Rams.”
“They’ll surely struggle to get this one over the line.
“Mavididi is a player with a bright future ahead of him, who definitely could be a useful player for Derby to have in their squad next season.
“But with Leeds also interested in signing him, I think the Rams are fighting a losing battle as Leeds are a bigger club, who have a better chance of winning promotion than Derby.
“They’d also be able to offer him regular first-team football, whereas I can’t see Derby being able to offer that.”