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The whole ‘Thomas Tuchel to Arsenal’ thing has already hit the buffers

Reports suggest in-demand tactician has already spoken to Blues chiefs about replacing Antonio Conte

Thomas Tuchel has reportedly held talks with Chelsea over replacing Antonio Conte.

The ex-Borussia Dortmund chief, 44, has been strongly linked with Arsenal, although Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich have also been touted.

Thomas Tuchel is in demand after making a name for himself at Dortmund, Mainz and Augsburg

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Thomas Tuchel is in demand after making a name for himself at Dortmund, Mainz and Augsburg

But according to Rafa Honigstein, the Blues are still in the hunt as Stamford Bridge bigwig Marina Granovskaia was impressed by Tuchel.

He told the Totally Football Show: “I have it on pretty good authority that Thomas Tuchel made a very good impression on Marina Granovskaia in a meeting they’ve had.

“I don’t know how recent that meeting was.

“Remember, they were talking to him before the start of this season on the assumption that Conte might actually go.”


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Chelsea are the latest name to be thrown into the hat as Tuchel attracts interest

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Chelsea are the latest name to be thrown into the hat as Tuchel attracts interest

The German boss knows Arsenal stars Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from his time at Dortmund

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The German boss knows Arsenal stars Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from his time at Dortmund

Chelsea’s long-term interest adds another interested party to an already complex situation.

Most reports in Germany insist Tuchel has told Bayern he has already agreed terms with another European club.


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Chelsea have been preparing for Antonio Conte’s possible departure for a while

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Chelsea have been preparing for Antonio Conte’s possible departure for a while

Marina Granovskaia is Chelsea’s deal maker and plays a key role in transfers

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Marina Granovskaia is Chelsea’s deal maker and plays a key role in transfers

Arsenal were the first to be named, before Bild suggested PSG had won the race for the ex-Dortmund chief.

Sky Sports, meanwhile, are suggesting Bayern remain an option – adding that Bavaria is Tuchel’s preferred destination.

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