Despite obvious quality and long-term potential, 25-year-old Kepa has struggled to justify the £72m world record fee that took him to Stamford Bridge from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.
Lampard worked with Given at Derby County last season, but while the new Chelsea boss took assistants Jody Morris and Chris Jones with him to Stamford Bridge, Given stayed behind and still remains at the Rams as part of Phillip Cocu’s coaching staff.
According to the Daily Mail, Lampard had wanted the former Republic of Ireland international to join him at Chelsea with the other backroom members in summer, but there was apparently resistance from the club hierarchy, who wanted ex-Chelsea goalkeeper Henrique Hilario to fill the void created when Maurizio Sarri and his coaches left as the Blues wanted ‘continuity’.
This season, Kepa has been working with Hilario, who spent eight years with Chelsea as a player and was later part of Antonio Conte’s coaching staff after retirement.
But the Mail has tipped Lampard to now make a second attempt for Given to move to west London. It is said there are ‘doubts’ and ‘concerns’ about Kepa, while Lampard now has a stronger position from which to ask things of the Chelsea board thanks to a good start.
It is certainly conceivable that the club hierarchy thought it risky to make too many general changes when appointing an inexperienced manager, albeit one who is a club legend. Now, after Lampard was named Manager of the Month for October, they may be more at ease.
Given made 451 Premier League appearances during his career, the third most of any goalkeeper. He was also twice named in the PFA Team of the Year and played for Blackburn, Newcastle, Manchester City, Aston Villa and Stoke in the top flight over a 21-year period.