According to SportBild (h/t Annie Eaves of Sport Witness), the Blues have been considering possible successors for the Italian, who recently agreed a new contract at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel, who left Borussia Dortmund in the summer, is said to be on their radar.
SportBild reported that while Conte "pulled his head out of the loop" with a win over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, his time at Chelsea is coming to an end.
Blues director Marina Granovskaia is said to have been "informed about Tuchel in detail and has decided on him as a new Chelsea coach."
However, according to Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph, suggestions that the Blues are looking beyond Conte are wide of the mark:
Matt Law @Matt_Law_DT
Chelsea have no succession plan for Conte and Tuchel is not a name on their radar #cfc2017-8-23 07:52:57
Speculation has been present all summer with regards to Conte's position at Stamford Bridge. Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t ESPN FC) suggested that the coach was frustrated by the club's inactivity in the window and was considering his position.
While those fears were quelled when it was announced the manager had agreed a new contract, there was no extension to the three-year deal signed by Conte when he initially took up the post in 2016. It means speculation is unlikely to cease for a while yet.
As noted by Charlie Skillen of the MailOnline, even if Conte were to move on after a fallout, appointing someone like Tuchel wouldn't seem like the logical move:
Charlie Skillen @charlieskillen
Bild claiming Tuchel to replace Conte due to fall out with Chelsea board. That's Tuchel, sacked for falling out with Dortmund's board. Right2017-8-23 06:36:56
Tuchel spent two seasons at Borussia Dortmund and faced a tough challenge replacing Jurgen Klopp. However, he got the team playing some wonderful football and managed the sale of some key players well.
Under his guidance, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cemented his status as one of the best strikers in the world, while Christian Pulisic and Ousmane Dembele both blossomed. While he's no longer there, Tuchel ensured the club's jump into the post-Klopp era was steered well.
Greg Johnson has his doubts as to whether he'd be the right type of replacement for Conte:
Greg Johnson @gregianjohnson
This talk of Tuchel replacing Conte at Chelsea sounds very 2011, when AVB came in for Ancelotti as the bright young thing. A misguided move.2017-8-23 07:56:56
Still, if Conte were to leave Chelsea just three months on from the team's Premier League title triumph, it would be a huge surprise.
At Wembley last weekend, Conte was vociferous in his celebrations after the 2-1 win over Spurs, and it was clear from the display that his players remain behind him. Last season he cemented his status as one of the best coaches in world football by winning the title.
Tuchel will be in demand when the big jobs in European football do come up, as he is an astute coach. But you sense Conte will take some shifting from the dugout at Stamford Bridge.