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Graham Potter has verbally agreed to join Chelsea (Image: Getty)

Graham Potter has reportedly agreed to become Chelsea’s new manager.

Chelsea reacted quickly after Wednesday’s decision to sack Thomas Tuchel and have already held extensive talks with the Brighton manager.

Potter is yet to sign a deal with Chelsea but widespread reports claim the 47-year-old has verbally agreed to join Stamford Bridge.

It’s understood Chelsea are also ready to honor the £12million release clause in Potter’s deal with Brighton.

Potter is expected to be in position to referee the Premier League clash between Chelsea and Fulham in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Chelsea have also considered ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, who left Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, and Sporting CP head coach Ruben Amorim.

Thomas Tuchel has been sacked by Chelsea after losing their first Champions League group game

Thomas Tuchel has been sacked by Chelsea after losing their first Champions League group game (EPA).

Speaking to Sky Sports after Tuchel’s departure, Jamie Carragher admits he already ‘fears’ for Potter’s future at Chelsea.

“It’s a very reckless club and I’m not sure [Graham Potter] is the right fit – maybe Chelsea are saying they want to do things differently going forward by having a coach instead of a manager, or they’re doing things differently behind the scenes,” Carragher said.

“But if I were Graham Potter, I would find it very difficult to believe that they will do things differently. They just got rid of a manager six games into the season.

“It’s a big step up in his managerial career and Chelsea are still one of the top clubs.

“They’re still world champions at the moment but you worry for Graham Potter that he’ll be in the same boat as every other Chelsea manager for the last 10 years – if he doesn’t get results straight away they’ll get another new manager in 12 months.’

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