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Todd Boehly felt Thomas Tuchel prompted two key signings to turn Chelsea down

The German’s lack of enthusiasm did little to convince Chelsea’s goals (Images: Getty)

Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly was unhappy with Thomas Tuchel during the summer transfer window and reportedly felt he could have done more to convince the players to sign.

The German was surprisingly sacked from his post on Wednesday morning following a surprise 1-0 defeat by Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, with Brighton’s Graham Potter expected to take his place.

However, it increasingly seems that Tuchel’s sacking had less to do with results and on-pitch performances and more to do with his relationship with the Chelsea hierarchy off it.

According to CBS Sports, Boehly and his colleagues were frustrated by Tuchel’s lack of help in convincing players to join Chelsea and felt they missed out on signings as a result.

Key among them were Raphinha and Jules Kounde, with Boehly pushing hard for both signings only to see them join Barcelona.

In the case of Kounde, Chelsea had agreed a deal with Sevilla and Barca’s hierarchy even reconciled missing the Frenchman.

Boehly wanted Tuchel to sell the club to Kounde and felt the 23-year-old could be persuaded to snub Barca at this point – although the German didn’t seem to share his owner’s enthusiasm about a deal.

Barcelona star Jules Kounde

Kounde wasn’t blown away by Tuchel’s pitch (Picture: Getty)

Tuchel felt there were other options he would rather pursue – eventually signing Wesley Fofana from Leicester City – and wasn’t entirely convinced by Kounde.

Unfortunately for Chelsea, that was made clear to the Frenchman in the brief talks he had with Tuchel and played a role in his decision to stick it out for Barcelona.

It was also noted just how different Tuchel’s reserved approach was from Xavi, who was in daily contact with Kounde to persuade him to join.

Xavi was also in constant dialogue with Raphinha, outlining the role he envisioned for him and selling his vision for Barcelona.

Although the Brazilian’s clear preference was a move to the Camp Nou, Boehly felt Chelsea had a real chance of signing the Leeds man and were the first club to agree a transfer – although Tuchel lacked a personal touch and treating the pursuit as a lost cause seemed out of the way.

For his part, Tuchel wasn’t particularly in love with Boehly either and, according to CBS, felt Marina Granovskaia had managed to secure a deal for Ajax’s Edson Alvarez on deadline day.

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