According to the Daily Mirror, Chelsea have begun talks with Borussia Dortmund right winger Christian Pulisic. The Blues are reportedly willing to match the 65 million valuation of the player set by the German outfit.
This will have come as a huge blow to Liverpool, who have been interested in the signing the American since last summer. Manager Jurgen Klopp is known to be a huge fan of the player and is keen on working with him at Anfield.
The Reds’ American owners were hoping to use their nationality as a pulling factor in the deal, but now it does not seem likely as Chelsea have now seemingly taken the ascendancy in the race.
Pulisic has set the Bundesliga alight with his dazzling footwork and eye for goal, and has caught the eye of several scouts in Europe’s top leagues. Still only a teenager, the sky seems to be the limit for the Dortmund attacker and moving to a club of Chelsea’s calibre may just be what he needs to take his career to the next level.
This news will also come as a relief to the Chelsea fans who have seen their club have a relatively quieter window. New manager Maurizio Sarri has reunited with Italian playmaker Jorginho and has signed veteran goalkeeper Robert Green as well.
Thus, signing Pulisic could be just what the Blues need if they are to push for Premier League glory this season. Willian has also been linked with moves to Barcelona and Manchester United and the Brazilian could be allowed to leave if the club is planning to secure a move for the United States international.
The American’s father has also expressed his son’s desires of moving to the Premier League and has stated that England’s top tier has been something that has excited them for several years.
He said: “Of course we were football crazy. We travelled all over and took in all the nuances of what English football is—the craziness outside the stadiums, the chanting inside and signing the songs. He really got a feel for what passion the Premier League and English people have. He remembers it to this day. For sure it had an impact in the short time we were there.”