Former Paris Saint-Germain bos Thomas Tuchel is set to be appointed new Chelsea manager on Tuesday, according to reports.
Frank Lampard has been dismissed as Chelsea manager after 18 months at the Stamford Bridge helm with the Blues suffering a run of five defeats from eight Premier League games.
Since his dismissal there have rumours that Lampard ‘annoyed’ the Chelsea board with his persistent requests to sign West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, while it is claimed Lampard ‘would have walked out in the summer’ if he was at any club other than the Blues.
And now widespread reports claim they have chosen Tuchel as Lampard’s successor with The Athletic saying that Ralf Rangnick ‘was offered interim job last week for four months but turned it down’.
While ‘calls were made in recent weeks to sound out Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann before deal was struck with Thomas Tuchel’.
And now The Athletic journalist David Ornstein has added that an announcement to confirm Tuchel as the new Chelsea boss is ‘likely Tuesday’.
The new UK government rules on travelling into the country mean that anyone who enters must self-isolate for ten days, while they must also provide proof of a negative coronavirus test to travel.
With that in mind, Ornstein adds that Tuchel ‘should be in London within 48 hours’ as long as he tests negative for Covid-19, while it is said that Chelsea ‘working on quarantine situation but hope he’ll be exempt as joining elite sports environment’.
🚨 Thomas Tuchel currently in Germany: subject to negative #COVID19 test should be in London within 48 hours. #CFC working on quarantine situation but hope he’ll be exempt as joining elite sports environment. Announcement likely Tuesday @TheAthleticUK #CFC https://t.co/1o20jd0Xs8
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) January 25, 2021