Thomas Tuchel has made a decision over Bayern Munich’s potential summer pursuit of Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, according to reports.
The 49-year-old was appointed by the German giants last week, having lost his job at Chelsea earlier this season following a smattering of operational disagreements with the new ownership as well as a string of poor results, to succeed Julian Nagelsmann.
Tuchel oversaw great success in London, winning the Champions League after just five months at the helm, a feat he will be hoping to achieve once again with his new club in Germany.
He also navigated the Blues to six finals, winning the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup along the way, the first manager to accomplish this in the club’s history.
It was reported by Tom Roddy of The Times earlier this week that Tuchel is a ‘strong admirer’ of Chelsea’s Mason Mount and would potentially be keen on bringing him to Bavaria for the 2023/24 season.
Mount was a mainstay in Tuchel’s plans at Chelsea from the start of his tenure in January 2021 until its conclusion in September 2022, playing a pivotal role in Chelsea’s Champions League success in the 2020/21 season.
However, as reported by Christian Falk of BILD Sport, Mount was not a key issue discussed in talks between Tuchel and Bayern, with the Champions League winning coach eager to get an overview of his new squad before making any new additions.
The report also adds that for ‘further transfers, players would first have to be sold’.
Mount is out of contract at Chelsea in 2024, with the club ready to sell him this summer should an extension not be agreed before then. And with negotiations seemingly at a standstill, although paused until the summer, a move away from Stamford Bridge seems to be edging ever closer for the Cobham academy graduate.
As well as this, due to injuries and inconsistent performances, Chelsea’s two-time player of the year has seemingly fallen down the pecking order in Graham Potter’s squad.
Mount has suffered a seismic downturn in form this season having registered just three goals and six assists in 36 appearances for the club this season.
However, this is a far cry from the lofty heights the England international has reached in previous seasons since his induction into the Chelsea first team under Frank Lampard in the 2019/20 campaign.
With the 24-year-old amassing an impressive 13 goals and 16 assists in 53 games under the new Bayern boss’ stewardship last term, a reunion with Tuchel for Chelsea’s number 19 could be an attractive proposition if he is to depart the English capital.
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