Rudiger’s future has been the subject of speculation in recent months, with the German international’s contract at Chelsea set to expire at the end of the season.
A number of European clubs are reportedly interested in the center-back, including Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Therefore, with Rudiger potentially leaving in a matter of months, Chelsea could be starting to plan ahead, and it seems that Tuchel is already targeting someone he is familiar with to add to his squad.
The 48-year-old coach is eyeing a reunion with Kimpembe, who he worked with at PSG, as reported by L’Equipe via The Sun.
The pair spent two years together in France, winning Ligue 1 twice and making the Champions League final in 2020.
PSG has opened up a commanding lead at the top of their domestic league this season, and Kimpembe has captained the side on multiple occasions.
However, despite having more than three years remaining on his contract, the 26-year-old is believed to be keen on taking on a fresh challenge away from his homeland.
This could aid Chelsea’s pursuit of the defender as Tuchel tries to piece together his backline ahead of next season, with Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen, and Cesar Azpilicueta also out of contract in the summer.
It is understood that kimpembe is valued at around £36million.
Whether PSG would be willing to let him go midway through the season remains to be seen, but Chelsea may be tempted to put a bid in to test the waters next month.
Alternatively, they could wait until the end of the campaign to see if Rudiger does depart the club before following up on their interest in Kimpembe.