Report: Chelsea may make late move to sign 'world class' star Tuchel's fallen out with, would be total u-turn

Reports suggest that Thomas Tuchel could change his mind on signing Neymar for Chelsea this summer.

According to The Evening Standard, the u-turn could come after the Blues missed out on signing Raphinha, despite agreeing a fee with Leeds United.

Neymar has been rumoured to be leaving PSG this summer, after spending five successful years at the Parc des Princes. This is despite playing some of his best football at the club, further cementing himself as “world-class”.

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With only Europe’s elite clubs being able to afford the Brazilian, Chelsea are one of the clubs linked with launching a bid, potentially forming a reunion with Tuchel at Stamford Bridge.

The German has not always enjoyed the best relationship with the 30-year-old, with him being in charge when Neymar last wanted to leave in 2019. After the forward caused the manager difficulties, Tuchel ended up telling him to ‘face the truth and deal with the consequences’.

Despite this, The Evening Standard have claimed the manager could still change his mind on a potential transfer this summer, after previously ruling out the signing of a luxury, older attacker.

Tuchel could make u-turn on Neymar

This point of view was reported after Todd Boehly became intrigued by the potential to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, with the Portugal international reportedly preferring a move to a Champions League side than staying at Manchester United.

It had been claimed Tuchel prefers a player in the style of Raphinha and Raheem Sterling, valuing hard work as an important trait for any potential signing.

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However, the snub of the Leeds man has left the Blues likely needing another attacker alongside Sterling, with prior target Ousmane Dembele also expected to remain at the Nou Camp.

This could encourage a move for a marquee name, with the new owners surely keen to make a statement in their opening window at Stamford Bridge. However, they would do well to continue to listen to the recommendations of the coach they have, with him being one of the best in the world.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.