Former Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has reportedly been lined up to replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager.

Conte recently improved, but did not extend, his contract at the Premier League champions amid rumours of discord within the Stamford Bridge hierarchy.

Now, according to German newspaper Bild, a successor has been found.

Tuchel left his role in May after two years at the Dortmund helm and has been out of work since.

Bild claims that Marina Granovskaia, the Chelsea director, has personally sought out Tuchel and decided he is the man to take the club in the required direction. As to when that time may come, Bild does not know.

Barcelona are reportedly due to make one final monster bid for Philippe Coutinho.

The Spanish side have failed with three attempts to sign Liverpool’s star man, but the Sun reports that they will comeback with a £136million bid.

That reportedly consists of £100m up front, with Champions League-related add-ons of £36m over the following four seasons.

John Percy’s Transfer Talk

Manchester City are poised to make a bid of about £24 million for West Bromwich Albion captain Jonny Evans.

City are keen to land the Northern Ireland international before Aug 31 and are set to table an improved offer in the next 48 hours. Albion have already turned down £18 million.

Evans, 29, a former Manchester United defender, is settled at the Hawthorns but the prospect of a return to Champions League football is attractive.

Guardiola has already spent more than £230 million this summer but still wants a new defender, with Evans holding extra appeal due to his ‘home-grown’ status.

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez remains a top target with a £70 million bid likely to be made, despite Arsene Wenger’s reluctance to sell last season’s leading scorer. Sanchez has less than a year left on his deal and City are offering a contract worth more than £300,000 a week.

City’s Wilfried Bony is on the brink of a return to former club Swansea for £13 million.

Tony Pulis, the Albion head coach, is also prepared to sell for a significant fee to boost his own transfer plans, with Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho an option if Evans is sold.

West Brom agreed a £15 million deal with Tottenham Hotspur for Kevin Wimmer last week but they are now facing competition from Crystal Palace, who also want Red Bull Leipzig winger Oliver Burke.

Ryan Shawcross is in the dark over his future after Stoke’s failure to open talks over a new contract.

Shawcross has completed a decade of service in the Potteries but his current deal runs out next summer and negotiations are yet to start. Stoke insist they will begin contract talks soon but Shawcross is bemused by the delay and could leave next year as a free agent.

Stoke are hoping to move out record £18 million signing Giannelli Imbula, Bojan and Philipp Wollscheid before the deadline. Meanwhile, Birmingham manager Harry Redknapp will make a fresh move to land Bristol City’s centre-back Aden Flint for £4 million.

Birmingham are also waiting on Torino’s response to their club record £7 million offer for midfielder Afriyie Acquah.