Cristiano Ronaldo decision led to Thomas Tuchel sacking


Cristiano Ronaldo transfer decision led to Thomas Tuchel and Todd Boehly Chelsea fallout

Cristiano Ronaldo decision fallout

It’s common knowledge now that Thomas Tuchel’s shock Chelsea sacking on Wednesday morning was not solely based on the Dinamo Zagreb loss. Interesting leaks have started to surface about where and when the German’s relationship with the new owners started to sour.

Boehly was keen to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to Stamford Bridge as his Hollywood-type signing, but Tuchel said no and instead opted for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Spanish outlet relevo confirmed this whilst also confirming another transfer situation which caused some friction. They reported: ‘Todd Boehly has everything agreed to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, but Thomas Tuchel prioritised Aubameyang. The same thing happened with Jules Koundé, who chose FC Barcelona over Chelsea.’

Todd Boehly given permission to speak to Graham Potter to be next Chelsea manager

Brighton and Hove Albion have given Chelsea the green light to hold talks over Graham Potter becoming Thomas Tuchel’s successor – with the club’s new ownership group willing to pay the reported £10million release clause in Potter’s contract. understands Potter and Mauricio Pochettino are the frontrunners in what is looking like a quick managerial recruitment process. Toddy Boehly is keen to get the next manager in place as soon as possible, with Anthony Barry currently in line to take proceedings at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

This all comes after the club announced on Wednesday morning they had parted ways with the Champions League-winning coach, a decision that was not solely based solely on the defeat to Dinamo Zagreb but on what has been brewing behind the scenes. understands Chelsea could have to pay as much as £10million to buy Potter out of his Brighton contract. Yet that has not put off the Blues’ ownership group, who demonstrated this summer that they are not afraid to spend big if a target is deemed the right one.

Sky Sports have reported Potter, and his entourage are London bound to discuss details of the proposal on the table before a final decision is made on his behalf. The former Ostersunds and Swansea manager has rejected approaches in the past from the likes of Everton and Tottenham before.

Arsen Zakharyan update

One story that got lost in all the manager medley drama on Wednesday was the significant developments with Chelsea’s prime target for the upcoming January transfer window in the youth set-up.

Zakharyan had his late move in the summer halted by the FA, but it is expected Boehly and Co will go back into to try and conclude this deal. But it may have to be more than the original price of £13m if the latest comments are to be taken at face value.

“We always want more [smiling]. We want more than €15m. But whether we will get it depends, among other things, on Arsen.” Dmitri Gafin (member of the board of directors at Dinamo) said.

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