CHELSEA have been given a boost in their pursuit of departing Bayern Munich star David Alaba, thanks to the arrival of Thomas Tuchel.
The German boss, 47, was officially named Blues chief on Tuesday – just 24 hours after Frank Lampard was sacked.
Tuchel has just a day to prepare his side for Wednesday night's clash at home to Wolves.
Once his first game at Stamford Bridge is out of the way, the ex-Paris Saint-Germain chief is likely to turn his attention to the transfer market.
While January signing are unlikely so late in the window, Chelsea will have to act fast if they want to sign Austrian superstar Alaba.
The versatile Bayern ace, 28, is out of contract at the end of the season and will leave on a free.
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Real Madrid are interested in Alaba, with the player himself favouring a move to Spain, according to AS.
Los Blancos are believed to have offered the Austrian a four-year deal worth £190,000 per week.
However, Alaba also has suitors in the Premier League, with Manchester City rumoured to be set to offer a deal worth £240,000 a week.
While City and Real Madrid are the favourites to sign the in-demand star, Liverpool and Chelsea are also interested.
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The Reds are crying out for a defender following long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez having sold Dejan Lovren last summer – with Joel Matip also struggling to stay fit.
But Tuchel's arrival at Chelsea has thrust the Blues into contention for Alaba's signature.
Goal claim the signing of Alaba will be on the German boss' to-do list.
Chelsea are keen to add some talent to their defence, with Thiago Silva – albeit doing a superb job – not a long-term solution at the age of 36.
And Alaba is now considered the club's No1 defensive target, with Lampard more keen to sign West Ham defensive midfielder Declan Rice, believing him to be the club's centre-back for the future.
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