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This summer's unofficial managerial transfer season was already set to be one for the ages even before the announcement that Thomas Tuchel would leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season - now, though, it's surely been taken up a notch. 

Jurgen Klopp is leaving an enormous hole behind him at Liverpool, Xavi is set to depart Barcelona, and a number of Premier League managers are not exactly certain of keeping their place for next term. 

How quickly things can change - Tuchel was the man parachuted in to rescue Bayern Munich from trouble; that trouble of course being the prospect of a treble, which they were still very much in the running for. 

Now he finds himself already knowing that his time is up, although curiously not for another few months, so he has plenty of time to pick his next club very carefully. 

But where could he go? Mail Sport reported on Wednesday when the news broke that he is open to a Premier League return, but which clubs could move for the German? 

Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he is open to a return to the Premier League this summer

Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he is open to a return to the Premier League this summer

It was announced this week the German manager would leave Bayern at the end of the season

It was announced this week the German manager would leave Bayern at the end of the season

He fell out with a number of high profile players and looks set to lose the Bundesliga title race

He fell out with a number of high profile players and looks set to lose the Bundesliga title race

Liverpool 

Well this would be tasty. Tuchel succeeded Klopp at Mainz, then at Borussia Dortmund - he has seemed one step behind the Liverpool boss for most of his career, so why not take his place here too?

Klopp is of course not long for the exit at Anfield, announcing his intention to walk away as he runs out of energy at the top, and what a reign it has been. 

An end to the Premier League drought, a sixth Champions League title and almost every cup competition you could think of - as shoes go, they don't get much bigger. Whether the Reds can finish this season as champions once more, Klopp is a certified Kop legend. 

But Liverpool would represent a brilliant prospect for Tuchel; the club has already assembled a side capable of challenging for the top honours, and he has the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson in place, though there are still questions over the future of Mohamed Salah. 

Granted, there is a certain Xabi Alonso-shaped elephant in the room, but perhaps Tuchel could get revenge for being beaten to the Bundesliga title by snatching the Liverpool job from him - mind you, it seems unlikely that Liverpool would appoint the guy who lost the title, over the one who actually won it, a Reds icon in his own right no less. 

Liverpool are a side built to operate as a high-pressing, full-throttle, high-octane outfit for a good few years to come, but would that fit Tuchel's ethos? Well yes and no. 

Tuchel has followed Jurgen Klopp to many clubs already in his career and the Reds may be next

Tuchel has followed Jurgen Klopp to many clubs already in his career and the Reds may be next

Tuchel managed to turn a mediocre Chelsea side into a Champions League winning outfit - the guy knows how to coach at the highest level. With some of the Premier League's best talent at his finger tips, there is no doubt that he would be able to continue the challenge. 

Yet Tuchel is not an out-and-out pressing manager, more of a pragmatist. That is not a negative on his part; he would be able to turn his hand to that style of play but would he be able to fully commit to a style of play that has helped the Reds thrive? That remains to be seen. 

Chances: Seems to be a well-known better alternative out there for Liverpool, although Tuchel is still an elite coach. 6/10. 

Chelsea

What a return it would be: The man that started Todd Boehly's managerial merry-go-round comes in to save the day after Mauricio Pochettino's era is brought to a close over the summer after a lacklustre first term. Absolute scenes. 

It seems unlikely, though. Boehly appears to be a man who fully lives by his decisions, and if he sacked Tuchel originally, he will have felt that it was the right call. You don't become a multi-billionaire by second-guessing yourself. Well, you'd assume so. 

Tuchel is seemingly a manager that likes to take full control of transfer business as we've seen by his snapping up of Harry Kane and, yes, Eric Dier. That was one of the reported reasons that he fell out with Boehly originally, and it doesn't look like it's a lesson that Tuchel has learned. 

There is the other point that Chelsea seem something of a poisoned chalice at the moment. It may look all rosy, what with the seemingly unlimited transfer kitty and all, but the current life expectancy of a Blues boss is depressingly short. 

Mauricio Pochettino's place at Stamford Bridge is far from certain after a rough first season

Mauricio Pochettino's place at Stamford Bridge is far from certain after a rough first season

At Stamford Bridge Tuchel would find far too many players to know what to do with, and he'd have a fair task thinning the ranks given that most of them are signed on to seven-plus-year deals. 

Then there's the fourth point; why would he want to join Chelsea? The Blues are 10th in the Premier League, and look like they'll need a lot more than an intense pre-season camp before they can challenge at the top again. 

As much as Boehly will feel he made the right decision, Tuchel will surely be confident that he can right the ship and prove his former employer wrong. That being said, there's little to no chance of him returning to a club where he already knows that the working relationship would be tense at best.

Chances: It seems deeply unlikely that either Boehly or Tuchel would think that enough time has passed for them to work together again. Too big a project right now, and a club that has far bigger problems to solve at the moment than they seem capable of actually fixing. 1/10. 

Tuchel has history with Chelsea but that history could prove his biggest stumbling block

Tuchel has history with Chelsea but that history could prove his biggest stumbling block

Man United

Speaking of clubs with widespread problems... Sir Jim Ratcliffe's part-takeover at Manchester United is looking likely to fix a number of issues at the team, with the British billionaire set to control football operations. 

However, with just a 27.7 per cent stake in the Red Devils, there is a very limited scope for what Ratcliffe can actually change and affect at Old Trafford. 

Yes, they are bringing in a new sporting director - with all reports pointing to Dan Ashworth who is on gardening leave at Newcastle - but would that not create another issue of the extent to which Tuchel can control transfers?

United are better off than Chelsea at this moment in time, and are actually in with a shout of challenging Aston Villa and Tottenham for that fourth Champions League spot, but they still need a lot of work. 

There are a number of disciplinary issues at the club, hundreds of millions of pounds worth of under-performing players, and enough pressure and expectation to re-sink the Titanic. 

Erik ten Hag's side have been improved in 2024 but there is always great pressure at the club

Erik ten Hag's side have been improved in 2024 but there is always great pressure at the club

Things have looked a lot better for Erik ten Hag of late with an unbeaten start to 2024, but it is hard to argue that the Dutchman's season has been anything less than disappointing. 

At Old Trafford, though, Tuchel would find himself a very promising group of young players ready to be turned into the next great United side, with a number of older heads on hand to

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