Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is angry at former sports director Marina Granovskaia over transfer failure last summer.
Todd Boehly, a co-owner of Chelsea and the club’s acting sports director, is said to be frustrated and perplexed by Marina Granovskaia’s failure to complete a deal for Aurelien Tchouameni.
The former Monaco midfielder cost Real Madrid £87 million in the summer transfer, but the new Stamford Bridge manager thinks the Frenchman ought to be playing for Chelsea this year.
Boehly thinks Chelsea could have signed the France international the previous summer, and he “does not understand” why Granovskaia did not back Tchouameni, according to the Spanish source Sport.
The 22-year-old has now made a significant impact at the Bernabeu following Casemiro’s departure for Manchester United, and the Blues did show interest in him but instead decided to loan Saul from Atletico Madrid.
The Telegraph claims that senior figures at Chelsea at the time felt that Tchouameni could not provide the instant impact that then-boss Thomas Tuchel wanted at the time, so they instead pursued Saul in what turned out to be a disappointing deal.
The Spaniard had a difficult time adjusting to the Premier League and only started five league games before going back to Madrid.
Tchouameni was one of the best players in Ligue 1 last season before moving for £85million to Real Madrid, where he has already made a big impact with a stunning assist in the Madrid derby for Rodrygo.
Chelsea could have been in place to sign the midfielder last season, but now Graham Potter is facing a dilemma in that position.
Jorginho and N’Golo Kante, two players who were first-choice when fit under Tuchel, are both out of contract at the end of the season and could leave the club next summer.