Sources: Chelsea and Mauricio Pochettino spoke overnight about a £15 million upgrade.
According to reports cited by Football Insider, Chelsea conducted negotiations with Mauricio Pochettino during the course of the night as a novel managerial move.
However, Graham Potter is the front-runner to succeed Thomas Tuchel, and an agreement may be reached before Thursday’s conclusion.
Further discussions were ongoing on Thursday morning as Chelsea and Potter’s camp were in advanced talks.
In a blatant indication that a deal is imminent, Brighton postponed Potter’s scheduled Thursday press conference before of their Premier League match against Bournemouth this weekend.
Chelsea discussed replacing Tuchel with former Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain manager Pochettino, 50, but they’ve decided on the Englishman, 47.
The co-controlling owners of Chelsea, Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, fired Tuchel on Wednesday morning before starting negotiations with Potter about accepting the position.
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Brighton gave the London titans the go-ahead to start talks with Potter.
According to rumours, Chelsea is prepared to pay the £15 million release clause in his Seagulls contract and extend him a lucrative long-term contract.
It is believed that the club fired the German at least a week before to Tuesday’s unexpected 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb.
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Potter is said to be interested in the position and might now be at Craven Cottage on Saturday for Chelsea’s next Premier League match against Fulham.