Having got his feet firmly under the table already at Cobham, new Chelsea FC manager Thomas Tuchel has wasted precious little time in getting settled. The German supremo arrives fresh from his own sacking, replacing Frank Lampard only a few weeks after having been sacked by Paris Saint- Germain himself. The German coach has made a big impression already, with players keen to see how one of the most tactically innovative coaches in Europe gets on. However, one place where changes are expected to come in stems from his old club, with Tuchel set to try and sign a favourite of his from PSG.
The player most heavily linked with a move to London is Marquinhos. The former Roma player joined PSG for big money in 2013 and has since been a mainstay at the club. Playing both in defence and in midfield, he was a must-start for Tuchel, and it is believed the duo shared a strong relationship. Long since linked with a move to England, Marquinhos looks set to try and make the jump himself in the coming weeks and months.
Reports across Europe suggest that Tuchel sees bringing in a defensive leader as essential to moulding the team in his identity. With Marquinhos already well aware of his playing style and personality, it would seem an obvious move to bring the Brazilian into the first team. 47-year-old Tuchel was enthusiastic in praising Marquinhos many times and likely saw him as the key cog in his best moments at PSG.
Where would Marquinhos play for Chelsea?
Despite being an excellent all-around talent, Marquinhos plays his best football in the centre of defence. He regularly would play in a holding midfield role for Tuchel but is unlikely to do so in London. The player would find himself competing against the likes of Jorginho and N’Golo Kante for the role. It would, though, offer Tuchel a tactically versatile player who could easily slot in the role when needed or even play as a third central defender in a 3-at-the-back system.
Either way, it is likely that Tuchel will make a move for Marquinhos as early as this summer. Despite making a name for himself in Paris and becoming a key part of the team, a reunion with brotherly figure Thiago Silva in London might appeal greatly.
And for Tuchel, this does offer another chance to work with Silva. The Brazilian was one of the first big signings of the new era for PSG and was seen as a major part of their development from well-financed but small-time to a genuine player at the top of European football.
Expect a move to be made in the summer, though Tuchel might try to push for a move in the last few days of January. With PSG unlikely to sell, though, it is likely that a move will be held off until the summer as Chelsea look to continue their youthful rebuild under a new coach.