Manchester United officials believe that Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel would be open to speaking to them about their vacant Old Trafford hotseat, according to a report.
Tuchel was as defiant as ever speaking after Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Lille on Wednesday night. The German coach whipped up a siege mentality at Stamford Bridge after the Blues moved into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
But in truth, a question mark hangs over the future of the 48-year-old, who extended his contract by two years after winning the Champions League last summer.
But the former Borussia Dortmund boss may well consider his future in the summer if the club continues to operate under a licence.
The UK Government imposed sanctions on Russian owner Roman Abramovich and the club last week. A special licence has been granted for the club to operate. They currently cannot sell tickets or merchandise, while they cannot sign players or offer contract renewals to existing squad members.
As far as United are concerned they are said to be monitoring Tuchel’s situation. Of course the Blues are also amid a protracted takeover process, which could also effect Tuchel’s position.
The Athletic though claim United are keen on Tuchel and what’s more their sources suggest Tuchel would be interested in hearing United’s pitch to him.
Manchester United are looking for a permanent boss after Ralf Rangnick was appointed on an interim basis before Christmas. The German though will step down in the summer and move into a two-year advisory role.
That leaves United looking for a long-term successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Tuchel, who won the Champions League last season, would be a smart acquisition. But it will undoubtedly be a complicated process.
There are suggestions that United could offer him the job before the end of the season.
Tuchel on five-man United short-list
The Daily Star suggests Tuchel is now the No.1 choice for United’s football director John Murtough.
The Guardian named him on a short-list of five on Wednesday. PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino and Ajax chief Erik Ten Hag were well known to be the top two candidates. But Julen Lopetegui and Spain coach Luis Enrique are also on the list, alongside Tuchel.
Ten Hag is United’s prime choice to take over in the summer, according to the Manchester Evening News. But they stress the “club has not made a final decision as it continues with its process”.
United do have plenty of thinking time in the next two weeks.
The squad have been granted time off before the international break, which starts officially on Monday. And with a free weekend ahead, 17 days will pass between their defeat to Atletico and their next match against Leicester at Old Trafford.