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Todd Boehly felt Thomas Tuchel caused two major signings to reject Chelsea

The German’s lack of enthusiasm did little to win over Chelsea’s targets (Pictures: Getty)

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

The German was surprisingly dismissed from his position on Wednesday morning following a shock 1-0 defeat away to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, with Brighton’s Graham Potter expected to replace him.

However, it increasingly appears that Tuchel’s sacking was less to do with results and performances on the pitch and more to do with his relationship with Chelsea’s hierarchy away from it.

According to CBS Sports, Boehly and his fellow directors became frustrated with Tuchel’s lack of help in convincing players to join Chelsea and feel they missed out on signings as a result.

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

In the case of Kounde, Chelsea had agreed a fee with Sevilla and Barca’s hierarchy had even resigned themselves to missing out on the Frenchman.

Boehly wanted Tuchel to sell the club to Kounde and felt the 23-year-old could be persuaded to snub Barca at that stage – though the German did not seem to share his owner’s enthusiasm over 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 – and eventually signed Wesley Fofana from Leicester City – and was not entirely convinced by Kounde.

Unfortunately for Chelsea, that came across to the Frenchman in the brief talks he had with Tuchel and played a part in his decision to hold out for Barcelona.

It was also noted how much Tuchel’s standoffish approach differed from Xavi, who was in daily contact with Kounde in an effort to convince him to join.

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

Although the Brazilian’s clear preference was a move to Camp Nou, Boehly felt Chelsea had a genuine shot at signing the Leeds man and were the first club to agree a fee – though Tuchel lacked a personal touch and seemed to treat the pursuit as a lost cause from the off.

For his part, Tuchel was not particularly enamoured with Boehly either and, according to CBS, felt Marina Granovskaia would have managed to secure a deal for Ajax’s Edson Alvarez on deadline day.

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