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Chelsea managerial candidate set to take over PSG instead — report

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Chelsea’s options for a potential successor to Antonio Conte may have just been reduced. According to ESPN, former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel is set to take the Paris Saint-Germain hot seat next season.

Current PSG coach Unai Emery is a goner after leading the team to its second consecutive exit from the Champions League’s round of 16. The Spaniard, who was brought to Paris due to his great success in the Europa League with Sevilla, lost against Barcelona in his debut season and Real Madrid in just last month despite the club investing €374 million — €222 million of that spent on Brazilian superstar Neymar, with a further €190 million set to go into AS Monaco’s pockets this summer for Kylian Mbappé.

The request for Tuchel apparently came directly from Qatar’s head of state and club owner Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who saw in Tuchel great potential to lead PSG to their continental aims. That was in spite of chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi pushing for names such as Massimiliano Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino, while sporting director Antero Henrique made his case for Portuguese coaches Sergio Conceição and André Villas-Boas.

Tuchel was recently revealed to have agreed with “another team” by Bayern Munich’s CEO, and if that team does in fact turn out to be PSG, that would not be surprising. Tuchel’s one of the most in-demand young head coaches and PSG can pay more than just about any other team out there.

Tuchel is currently third in our poll of preferred head coaches for Chelsea next season, just ahead of Maurizio Sarri and Carlo Ancelotti, but well behind Leonardo Jardim and Antonio Conte himself.