Christian Pulisic transfer news: Liverpool interest reported but will Chelsea sell USMNT?
Christian Pulisic is currently on international duty with the United States but his club future remains a key talking point throughout the summer.
The Chelsea forward has two years left on his contract and could be a candidate to leave the club this summer. His minutes dwindled at Stamford Bridge under Thomas Tuchel, often deployed out of position to accommodate the German’s tactical setup.
Even with a new American-led ownership group settled at Chelsea, there have been rumors in the media that Pulisic could be on the move in search of more playing time while staying at a League-level club. champions. His father Mark sent and deleted a Tweet questioning his future with the Blues, only serving to fuel rumors of a summer exit.
Still, Pulisic remains an important figure at the club and would require a financial investment for any suitor seeking his services.
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Christian Pulisic contract at Chelsea
Pulisic officially joined Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund in January 2019 for $73m (€67.5m/£58m), on loan at Borussia Dortmund that summer before moving to Stamford Bridge. He signed a five-year contract upon his arrival in London.
With no extension signed since then, the American, now 23, has a contract with Chelsea until the summer of 2024.
Pulisic’s stats with Chelsea
Pulisic saw a Chelsea career low in minutes throughout the 2021-22 season, with less use under Tuchel thanks in large part to a positional incompatibility with the Chelsea boss.
|Season & Competition||apps||Minutes||Goals||Aids|
|Premier League 2019-2020||25||1,727||9||6|
|FA Cup 2019-2020||2||121||1||0|
|EFL Cup 2019-2020||2||160||0||1|
|Champions League 2019-20||4||266||1||2|
|2019-20 UEFA Super Cup||1||74||0||1|
|Premier League 2020-21||27||1,735||4||2|
|FA Cup 2020-21||6||297||0||0|
|Champions League 2020-21||ten||420||2||2|
|Premier League 2021-22||22||1,285||6||2|
|FA Cup 2021-22||4||251||0||1|
|EFL Cup 2021-22||3||129||0||1|
|Champions League 2021-22||seven||368||2||1|
|2021-22 UEFA Super Cup||1||77||0||0|
|Club World Cup 2021-22||1||89||0||0|
Will Chelsea transfer Christian Pulisic?
The Blues could potentially look to leave Pulisic this summer.
With two years remaining on the American’s contract at Stamford Bridge, now would be the time for the club to hit the big money on a transfer, consequently seeing his value diminish if he remains in the final year of his contract.
Yet Pulisic has been hugely consistent and valuable to Chelsea’s attack, providing a creative threat up front and a goalscoring presence in front of the net. His 25 goals for Chelsea over the past three seasons are almost evenly split across the three campaigns, also adding 19 assists.
How Dembele’s move could impact Pulisic’s future
According to a June 8 report by French publication Le10Sport, out-of-contract Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele has accepted Chelsea’s offer and will move to Stamford Bridge next season.
The 25-year-old, who played under Thomas Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund, was one of Barcelona’s best performers in the second half of 2021-22, and could give a jolt to a Chelsea attack that has at times spat throughout the season. His presence could also have a massive effect on Pulisic’s position at Chelsea.
According to a host of reports in the spring and early summer, Dembele’s contract demands were far higher than what cash-strapped Barcelona could afford. If Chelsea accede to Dembele’s higher salary demands, it could force the Blues to lose wages elsewhere.
Given the club already have a host of attacking talent on the roster, players like Pulisic, Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku could be set for an outing to balance the books, especially with the club also having to bring in defenders. .
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Latest news on Christian Pulisic transfers
With Pulisic leaving Stamford Bridge rumored this summer, here’s the latest on the American star and his future at the club.
Interest from Liverpool
With Sadio Mane set to leave Liverpool this summer, heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich, Liverpool are on the hunt for a new winger. Takumi Minamino is not considered (yet, anyway) fit for a consistent starting role at Anfield, and newcomer Fabio Carvalho is young and inexperienced at the top level.
Pulisic can’t just step into a starting role, with Luis Diaz starting his Liverpool tenure with aplomb and playing in the same left-wing position as Pulisic. Still, given Mane’s likely departure and Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah’s declining form in the second half of last year, he would have plenty of chances to see the pitch at Anfield.
Pulisic hasn’t played for Dortmund’s senior team under Jurgen Klopp but the two surely have links since their spells with the German side.
Update (June 5): According to a report from the Daily Star, Liverpool are interested in Pulisic. The report was corroborated by Christian Falk from Bild in Germany.
Italy links: Pulisic watched by Juventus, AC Milan
As the American shone in the Premier League, interest grew from abroad. Pulisic has already played top-flight football in Germany and England, but could he add another nation to this list?
Reports say that Italian clubs Juventus and AC Milan are interested in the American. AC Milan are coming off a winning season, while Juventus are hoping for a return to the top of the Serie A table.
A move to Turin could be particularly interesting as Pulisic would bond with USMNT teammate Weston McKennie. At AC Milan, Pulisic is expected to compete with promising youngster Rafael Leao for a left-wing position.
Update (June 4): According to a Daily Mail report, AC Milan and Juventus are ‘monitoring’ Pulisic’s status, although neither side is expected to pay nearly the $73m Chelsea paid for Pulisic to secure his services from Borussia Dortmund.
What has Christian Pulisic said about his future at Chelsea?
Speaking ahead of the USMNT game against Morocco on June 1, Pulisic was coy about his move to Chelsea and his possible future switch, saying he would like to see more time while conceding he was still heavily involved in the Blues first team. plans.
“Of course I want to have more playing time,” Pulisic said. “I want to be on the pitch as much as possible and be as sharp as possible and fit as well.
“I think I still have a lot of games but it’s still something I’m working on and trying to be consistent at club level too to put myself in the best position to be fit when I come. here with the national team.”