Barcelona president desperate to sign Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel as Ronald Koeman confirms moves to remove him as manager

Reports in Spain claim that Thomas Tuchel is Barcelona president Joan Laporta’s No1 choice to replace under-fire Ronald Koeman.

The Dutchman’s future has come under scrutiny following a series of losses in the Champions League, rounded off by his side’s 3-0 defeat to Benfica this week.

Reports also suggested Tuchel’s compatriot Jurgen Klopp was in the running should Laporta pull the trigger on Koeman.

And, according to Mundo Deportivo, Tuchel tops the list of names that Barca president Joan Laporta wants to take the Dutchman’s place in the Nou Camp dugout.

Laporta is so keen on Tuchel that he, along with Barca’s hierarchy have drawn up an action plan to get him to Spain, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Meanwhile, Koeman has admitted that rumours surrounding his exit from the club are probably true.

And although he hasn’t discussed his future with Barca’s president Joan Laporta, or even seen him for that matter, Koeman’s aware that he’s skating on thin ice.

Speaking before Barca take on Atletico Madrid tomorrow, Koeman said: “The president was here this morning, but I didnĀ“t see him because I was preparing for the game.

“Nobody has told me anything, but I have eyes and ears and I know that things are being leaked. They are probably true, but nobody has told me,” reported the Daily Mail.