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Thomas Tuchel is now reportedly in talks with Chelsea about replacing Antonio Conte despite agreeing a deal to take up the manager’s job at Arsenal and wanting to replace Jupp Heynckes at Bayern Munich.
Yes, that’s right, if you believe all the reports you read in the press, then Thomas Tuchel is going to make up for year out of the game by undertaking three jobs at once.
Of course, he isn’t really, but it does show how little real information is out there and how much is guesswork and agent games.
At the weekend it was claimed in Germany that Tuchel had agreed a deal to replace Arsene Wenger, turning down Bayern Munich in the process.
It was then claimed that Tuchel would turn down Arsenal because he wanted the Bayern job.
It is now being claimed that he is the favourite to take over at Chelsea when they finally get around to sacking another Premier League-winning manager.
Speaking on the Totally Football podcast, German journalist, Raphael Honigstein, said, “[Tuchel] left a message with Bayern Munich saying ‘Thanks for your interest, but I’m off. I’ve done a deal. I’ve promised someone that I’m going [to them].’”
That ties in with what was reported at the weekend, however Honigstein then added when pressed, “I have it on pretty good authority that Tuchel made a very good impression on [Chelsea director] Marina Granovskaia in a meeting they’ve had [but] I don’t know how recent that meeting was.”
Arsenal are expected to make a decision on Wenger’s future at the end of the season with the Frenchman likely to be allowed to see out the final year of his contract should he want to.
He certainly does, as his latest comments confirm, so it’s highly unlikely that Arsenal will be getting a change of manager this summer unless something dramatic happens.
Chelsea, however, need little encouragement to sack a manager and with Tuchel available, Arsenal fans could be once again be left to watch on as a top manager takes a Premier League job at a rival club, diminishing the pool for when Arsenal finally decide it’s time to make a move.