Graham Potter is set to become Chelsea’s new manager.

Brighton & Hove Albion boss Graham Potter has agreed to take charge of Chelsea, sources have confirmed to 90 Minutes.

The 47-year-old opened talks with Chelsea on Wednesday following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel, and 90 Minutes have been told that things have gone well and he has been offered the chance to replace the German at Stamford Bridge.

Potter is believed to have verbally agreed to take charge and signed the deal, with the paperwork now being drawn up.

90 Minutes understands Chelsea want to complete the deal on Thursday so barring any issues, Potter will take charge ahead of this weekend’s derby clash with Fulham.

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As confirmed on Wednesday, Chelsea co-owner Todd Bohly was leading the search and work began weeks before problems with Tuchel first came to light.

Potter was always Chelisa’s first choice, and such was the impression he made on Bohly and the rest of the club’s hierarchy after their first meeting, they knew he was their man. Bohli always wanted a quick appointment and that’s how things worked out.

Zinedine Zidane, Diego Simeone and Ruben Amorim were among those mooted, but the other genuine contender was Mauricio Pochettino – out of action since leaving Paris Saint-Germain. But Potter impressed so much during the interview that Buhly and the rest of the board were satisfied with their first choice and was offered the job within hours of the meeting.

Brighton, who have a release clause for Potter, have begun their search for a replacement.

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