Potter ‘verbally agrees’ to become new Chelsea manager following Boehly meeting

Graham Potter is on the verge of being named Chelsea's new boss after verbally agreeing a deal with owner Todd Boehly.

The Brighton manager has been the Blues' number one target since Thomas Tuchel was shockingly relieved of his duties on Wednesday morning following his side's 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.

Potter travelled to London yesterday to meet with Boehly and the two quickly agreed terms, with the American tycoon keen to have Potter in the hot seat in time for Saturday's trip to neighbours Fulham.

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It's understood that Potter insisted on assurances over longevity during the meeting, which Boehly was happy to grant him in spite of his ruthless decision to part ways with Tuchel just weeks into his tenure as Chelsea owner.

The Englishman has a £16m release clause which the Blues are happy to pay, despite spending a whopping £273m on transfers over the summer, as well as a further £15m to sack Tuchel.

Chelsea are still considering Mauricio Pochettino as Plan B, especially as the Argentine would be available for free, though his loyalty to Tottenham could scupper a potential move.

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Potter has been earning rave reviews at Brighton for the way he's turned the club from relegation-battlers into potential European challengers, guiding the Seagulls to a ninth place finish last season – the highest finish in the club's history.

The 47-year-old has been touted as a future England manager and was even linked to the job earlier this year following the Three Lions' torrid performance in the Nations League in June.

Should Potter join Chelsea, he'll become the eighth English coach to manage a team in the Champions League, following in the footsteps of Frank Lampard, Gary Neville, Craig Shakespeare, Harry Redknapp, Bobby Robson, Ray Harford and Howard Wilkinson.

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