Thomas Tuchel looks to raid Chelsea in move to reunite with stars at Bayern Munich
Mateo Kovacic and Edouard Mendy, two of Thomas Tuchel’s former Chelsea players, are allegedly targets for Bayern Munich.
It was announced on Friday that Bayern had fired manager Julian Nagelsmann and replaced him with Tuchel.
The German has inked a contract with the Allianz Arena through 2025 after being fired by Chelsea last September.
His first job will be to maintain Bayern’s treble hopes, as the team is still in the running for the German Cup and Champions League despite being one point behind Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
But once the transfer window opens, he will have the opportunity to reshape the team to his taste, and it has been suggested that he might raid Stamford Bridge.
Kovacic and Mendy, who are both expected to depart west London very soon, are targets for the Bundesliga’s powerhouses, according to Calciomercato.
Since joining the Blues from Real Madrid in 2018, Kovacic has been an important member of the team and has even captained Graham Potter’s team on occasion. However, his status is uncertain at the moment.
The Croatian midfielder’s contract expires the following year, and Stamford Bridge needs to make some room after Todd Boehly’s extravagant spending spree. Manchester City is one of the clubs keeping a watch on the 28-year-old’s availability.
In contrast, goalkeeper Mendy joined Chelsea in 2020 and quickly won over the support of the team. He was a crucial component of Tuchel’s Champions League victory.
But since then, the 31-year-old has had form issues and has been plagued with injury issues this season, so Kepa Arrizabalaga has taken over as the No. 1 goalie.
Even so, the Senegal international has recently been presented with several new contract upgrades, but he has turned them all down. It therefore appears that unless he is sold, he will be departing on his own in 2025.
Tuchel, 49, has confirmed his plan to bring coach Anthony Barry to Bayern’s backroom staff, so his interest in Chelsea extends beyond just players.