Thomas Tuchel is in talks with Bayern Munich over a move back to his native Germany, with reports in France claiming he feels 'increasingly isolated' at Paris Saint-Germain.
The German has been in charge of the French champions since the summer of 2018, but has struggled to take them to the next level since replacing Unai Emery. He led them to the Ligue 1 title in his first season and is on course to retain that, but they have characteristically struggled in Europe, most recently losing to Tuchel's former charges Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16 first leg.
They have made slow progress and impressed at times, but underlying everything has been a growing sense that their manager is unsettled and could be relieved of his duties at any time.
Bayern are still closely monitoring the situation of Thomas Tuchel. Bayern and Tuchel are in constant contact in the perspective of a potential cooperation next season with the German manager increasingly isolated and under pressure at PSG [@lequipe] pic.twitter.com/gUO8VPk9yU— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) February 22, 2020
In Germany, meanwhile, Bayern are plodding along just fine under the caretaker tutelage of Hansi Flick, but are actively in search of a new boss, and have long been thought to hold an interest in recruiting Tuchel.
The situations go hand in hand, then, and have been brought together by L'Equipe (as per GFFN), who report that the parties are in 'continued contact' over a potential move.
They say the 46-year-old has 'never felt more isolated' in Paris following the Dortmund defeat, and is under real consideration by Bayern who will look to make a permanent appointment in time for the start of next season.
PSG are said to be in touch with former Juventus manager Max Allegri over replacing Tuchel, while Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi - whose side are in the throes of an unlikely Serie A title challenge - is thought to have met with sporting director Leonardo over the role.
#PSG’s bench might speak Italian as from next season. #Tuchel’s future remains uncertain with Max #Allegri (held in high esteem by #Leonardo) and Maurizio #Sarri (if he leaves #Juventus at the end of the season) being both potential candidates. #transfers— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) February 21, 2020
Whoever Les Parisiens appoint, the remit will be simple; to take the final step and win the Champions League. That has been the ultimate goal for the club's Qatari owners, but they have never advanced beyond the quarter-final stage, and have gone out at the round of 16 on the last three occasions.
They will be hoping to overthrow Dortmund and end that barren run this season, but unless they advance notably further then it's difficult to see a U-turn on Tuchel.