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Thomas Tuchel was keen for Chelsea to sign Gabriel Jesus ahead of Arsenal (Getty)

Thomas Tuchel was reportedly frustrated by Chelsea’s owners for not signing Gabriel Jesus before Arsenal.

Tuchel was sacked on Wednesday less than 24 hours after Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat by Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.

The German’s departure comes after weeks of tension between him and the club’s new co-owner Todd Boehly, who played a key role in Chelsea’s transfer business this summer.

It is understood that Boehly was unhappy with Tuchel’s lack of input and communication regarding transfers as the German wanted to focus more on coaching his side.

The Athletic report that Tuchel was initially against signing a new striker during the summer transfer following his difficulties with Romelu Lukaku last season. However, after changing his stance, the 49-year-old was “frustrated” that Chelsea’s hierarchy wasn’t making a move for Jesus.

It is claimed that Jesus was even interested in a move to Stamford Bridge but the Brazil international was eventually reunited with Mikel Arteta when Arsenal struck a £45m deal with Manchester City.

Tuchel then pushed for Chelsea to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and that move was completed in the final hours of the window.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was briefly reunited with Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was briefly reunited with Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea (Getty).

Boehly was also keen on the idea of ​​signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United, but The Athletic report that Tuchel made it “unmistakably” clear he was against the 37-year-old’s arrival at Chelsea.

Boehly is also understood to be unhappy with Tuchel for failing to persuade Raphinha and Jules Kounde to join Chelsea this summer.

Tuchel, meanwhile, was frustrated that Chelsea had not signed Frenkie de Jong and Presnel Kimpembe, who were two of his recommendations.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have officially announced Graham Potter as Tuchel’s replacement.

The Brighton manager has signed a five-year contract and is available for Saturday’s Premier League clash between Chelsea and Fulham.

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