Chelsea hierarchy warned Arsenal player Mykhailo Mudryk that he could face a huge time getting minutes if he signed for Arsenal, The Athletic reports.
Arsenal were hot favourite to land Mudryk this January.
But after several weeks of negotiations, the Gunners were unable to agree a fee with Shakhtar Donetsk.
That allowed Chelsea to hijack the transfer last weekend and complete a deal.
Blues co-owner Behdad Eghbali and director of global transfers Paul Winstanley flew to Turkey for face-to-face negotiations with Shakhtar on Saturday, before flying back to London with Mudryk once an £88.6 million deal had been agreed.
It is understood that Arsenal was Mudryk’s preferred destination and during lengthy talks on Saturday, Chelsea made a case as to why the 22-year-old should make the move to Stamford Bridge instead.
Chelsea told Mudryk that he would play a key role in Graham Potter’s side and that the club would provide a “platform” for him to thrive.
The report also claims that Chelsea chiefs argued that Mudryk would face more difficulty at Arsenal where he would be fighting for a spot alongside Gabriel Martinelli.
EPL: it’s too late, we don’t need him – Leboeuf tells Chelsea to sell forward
Chelsea legend, Frank Leboeuf, has urged the club to sell forward, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
Leboeuf said Chelsea does not need Aubameyang, adding that it is too late for the Gabonese star.
Aubameyang has struggled since joining Chelsea from Barcelona last summer.
The former Arsenal captain has only scored three goals in 16 appearances for Chelsea
“I am not sure Potter has the players that he wants. We all know that we need a striker,” Leboeuf wrote in a column for Chelsea News.
“I like Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, I played with his father and I love him, but I know that he’s not the guy we needed.
“They asked me at ESPN if I was OK with him and I said no, it is too late, he is not the Aubameyang we knew.
“We can talk about Marcus Thuram, but he’s not a striker, we need a striker. Romelu Lukaku didn’t work out, but Chelsea needs a striker, someone who is able to create and score goals because that is lacking right now.”