Marina Granovskaia has pulled Chelsea out of the race to sign Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer this summer following Thomas Tuchel’s concerns with the 22-year-old, according to Catalan outlet El Nacional.
The report claims that the Blues are no longer willing to submit a ‘great offer’ for the Paris Saint Germain forward after Tuchel communicated his doubts as to whether or not his former player would cooperate with his tactics.
Mbappe, who arrived at the Les Parc des Princes from AS Monaco in 2017 in a deal worth an eventual £130 million, featured 98 times under the Chelsea boss in the France capital, scoring 46 goals while also winning Ligue 1 twice.
Tuchel worked closely with the Frenchman for two and a half years but stressed the difficulty in coaching Mbappe and Neymar in accordance with his philosophies as a modern coach who operates a meticulously organised pressing system
“Sometimes it’s very easy, sometimes it’s a big challenge,” he said. “At a club like PSG, there are many influences. That’s why it can be very challenging to keep all the guys happy.”
Tuchel then revealed earlier this season in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport: “It’s easier to coach Lukaku than Neymar or Mbappe. At Chelsea, I work much more calmly.
Pressing is just a chapter from his bible to a fruit-bearing life at Chelsea and Timo Werner is a disciple in ensuring Tuchel’s tactical message is shared among the squad.
Werner has directly contributed towards 15 goals in 34 appearances under his fellow countryman, however, it is his pressing numbers that show why Tuchel has opted for the £47m striker from RB Leipzig over a £144m market value Mbappe.
Chelsea’s number eleven made just two more starts than Mbappe did in each of their respective domestic campaigns last season, yet Werner was far more defensively astute.
Werner won nearly four times as many tackles (18 – 5) as Mbappe and 14 of which came in the midfield third compared to the World Cup winner’s mere one.
With Romelu Lukaku’s place cemented at the top of Tuchel’s attacking trident, the Blues boss looks for his flanking forwards – inside or not – to work on the back foot.