Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly was left shocked when Thomas Tuchel told him not to pursue Gabriel Jesus.
The Arsenal forward was then available for transfer from Manchester City, as he had not yet joined the Gunners.
While Arsenal convinced to bid for Jesus, Boehly was told by Tuchel to not pursue a deal.
Per The Guardian, the German coach turned down Jesus, stating he was not ideally suited to his system.
Chelsea instead signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Tuchel, but ended up firing the German coach shortly after the transfer window closed.
He was replaced with Graham Potter, who also failed, while interim coach Frank Lampard performed even worse to end the season.