Thomas Tuchel is looking to potentially reunite with Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount at Bayern Munich this summer, according to reports.
The 24-year-old is out of contract next summer and talks over an extension have been put on hold until the 2022/23 campaign concludes.
Mount is growing increasingly likely to leave Chelsea this summer, with no breakthrough in talks as things stand, and the number of suitors is rising.
Chelsea head coach Graham Potter has left the decision down to Mount and won’t get involved in contract talks, which he knows is an ‘important’ deal as he looks to resolve his future.
Earlier this month, Potter admitted: “Ultimately, it’s between the club and Mason. I’ve spoken to him numerous times about his situation, football and life generally.
“My feelings for Mason are clear. He’s a fantastic person, firstly, but sometimes these things happen, they are just complicated. It’s best that I speak little about it and let them get on with and decide what’s right for both parties.”
Mount’s former boss Thomas Tuchel took the job at Bayern Munich last week following the departure of Julian Nagelsmann.
As reported by Tom Roddy of The Times, Tuchel is a ‘strong admirer’ of Mount and they are considering making a summer move for the midfielder, taking advantage of his contract situation and potentially the need for Chelsea to offload players to balance the books.
Should Mount depart Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are likely to command at least £50 million.
A squad overhaul is expected at Chelsea this summer with the club looking to trim the bloated squad to ease the challenges on Potter, as well as the books following the 2021/22 financial loss in excess of £121 million.
Mount and Chelsea’s owners priority is for the midfielder to remain and extend his stay in west London. But there remains differences in the contract length, salary, image rights and bonuses.
It was reported that Paul Winstanley, after his arrival from Brighton, took over discussions from co-owner Todd Boehly, but after no breakthrough, The Times reports that the is ‘widespread expectation’ that Mount will leave.
Tuchel isn’t only looking to potentially reunite with Mount, he also wants coach Anthony Barry to join his staff in Germany.
No deal has been agreed yet between the clubs over a compensation fee after Tuchel’s public admission of wanting Barry at Bayern, with the Chelsea coach also keen on reuniting with the 49-year-old.
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