The Mail on Sunday says Lampard and Drogba, who will face Tottenham at Wembley today, are close to the former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, now the overwhelming favourite of Barcelona's board to take over at the Catalan club.

Mourinho, who worked at the club as an assistant to Sir Bobby Robson and Louis van Gaal in the Nineties, has let Barcelona know that he is interested and is even preparing backroom staff, with former Barcelona player Luis Enrique lined up as his No2.

If the deal is sanctioned - and it will be dependent on current coach Frank Rijkaard's performance in the Champions League and the league in the next six weeks - Lampard is almost certain to join Barcelona. Drogba could follow, though AC Milan are also chasing the Ivory Coast striker.