Spurs parted company with Antonio Conte by mutual consent on Sunday and days later were hit by the news managing director of football Fabio Paratici had seen his ban in Italy extended worldwide by FIFA. Paratici was given a two-and-a-half year ban from the game in January after his former club Juventus were found guilty by an Italian court of false accounting and while he has appealed against the decision to the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) Federal Court of Appeals, FIFA's intervention this week has required Tottenham to seek "further clarification" over what their senior director can still do.
But any move could be delayed amidst the possibility of the teams meeting in the Champions League semi-final, according to Graham Potter. Barry, who was publicly courted by former Blues boss Thomas Tuchel this week as he looks to assemble a coaching staff at the Bundesliga champions, has stayed away from Chelsea's Cobham training ground since the interest was made known. The club have been disappointed at their former manager's decision to publicise his pursuit of the 36-year-old, with whom he worked during his Champions League-winning spell at Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup during a 20-month spell as Chelsea boss but was dismissed in September by the club's new owners. The 49-year-old, who also guided the Blues to the FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals in 2021 and 2022 respectively, was recently appointed as Julian Nagelsmann's replacement at Bayern Munich. Bayern take on Tuchel's former club Borussia Dortmund on Saturday in his first game in charge.