‘Not happy’: Thomas Tuchel was angry at Chelsea owners for not signing ‘total priority’ £68m man – Romano

Fabrizio Romano has claimed on his YouTube channel that Thomas Tuchel was upset that Todd Boehly wasn’t able to complete a deal to sign Matthijs de Ligt this summer.

The Blues looked in pole position at one stage to complete a sensational deal to sign the Dutchman, with them attempting a complete defensive overhaul after losing Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

However, the deal stalled as the Blues considered other targets, eventually missing out on De Ligt as Bayern Munich secured his services for a fee of around £68m.

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The club also notably missed out on the signing of Jules Kounde, who was swayed by Barcelona’s interest in a similar fashion to winger Raphinha.

However, it was missing out on the Dutchman that really annoyed Tuchel, with Romano claiming he had outlined him as a priority signing.

Tuchel angry with Boehly

He said: “Matthijs de Ligt. Thomas Tuchel wanted him as total priority together with Wesley Fofana, but the feeling is that Chelsea lost some time in the race to reach an agreement with Juventus maybe including some players, and then Bayern reached an agreement on the player’s side and signed Matthijs de Ligt.

“This is why Thomas Tuchel was not happy with the Matthijs de Ligt situation.”

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Boehly made the decision to sack the German yesterday, off the back of an embarrassing 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.

It has been claimed that a breakdown in the relationship between the pair is the reasoning behind the decision, with a difference of opinions on multiple topics.

Graham Potter has been touted as the favourite for the job going forward, with him reportedly already verbally agreeing to a deal to become the next man in charge after an impressive spell managing Brighton.

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