Brighton give Chelsea permission to speak with Graham Potter ahead of talks

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Brighton & Hove Albion have given Chelsea permission to speak with Graham Potter as they bid to find an immediate successor to Thomas Tuchel.

Chelsea announced that they had parted company with Tuchel on Wednesday morning and would be looking to move swiftly to appoint his replacement. Brighton boss Potter has since been installed as the favourite to become the new Blues boss, with Chelsea now set to meet with him later today for discussions with regards to the role.

Sky Sports' Rob Dorsett reports that Potter will travel to London to talk with Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly and the rest of the board later today.

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The news that Brighton have given Chelsea permission to speak with their manager suggests that Chelsea would be willing to meet the buyout clause in Potter's contract if talks are positive.

According to journalist Guillem Balague, Potter has a £16million buyout clause in his Brighton contract, which still has three years left on it.

Potter has emerged as a leading candidate to replace Tuchel since he was sacked on Wednesday morning, with Chelsea also reportedly interested in speaking to both Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane about the vacant manager's job.

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Having been appointed by the Seagulls in the summer of 2019, Potter guided Brighton to their first top half Premier League finish last season as they ended the campaign in ninth place.

He has since overseen an impressive start to the new campaign, with Brighton losing just one of their opening six matches and currently sitting in fourth place, three points ahead of Chelsea.

An opening weekend win over Manchester United and Sunday's thrashing of Leicester City were particularly impressive, with fans and pundits lauding Potter's entertaining Brighton side.

It remains unclear whether Chelsea hope to appoint a new manager in time for Saturday's west London derby against Fulham or whether the new manager will instead begin their reign at home to Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League next week.


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