Chelsea are reportedly considering launching an offer for Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Christian Pulisic during the January transfer window after the American’s contract talks stalled at Signal Iduna Park.
This isn’t the first time that Pulisic has been tipped to move to the Premier League, but Chelsea appear to be closer than any team has ever been to acquiring the USMNT poster boy’s signature, especially as rumours of a potential transfer ban continue to loom over Stamford Bridge.
Here are seven reasons why bringing Pulisic to west London makes perfect sense.
7. He’s Ready to Step Up
Christian Pulisic has been almost four years at Borussia Dortmund, rising through their Under-17 and Under-19 squads before becoming a regular fixture in their first team.
The 20-year-old has made 109 appearances for the Black and Yellows so far, scoring 15 goals and claiming 24 assists. He’s been involved in every major competition for Dortmund, and even claimed the assist for the club’s match-winning goal against Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB-Pokal final in 2017.
6. Maurizio Sarri’s New José Callejón
Former Real Madrid winger José Callejón has become a household name across Europe thanks to his performances under Maurizio Sarri at Italian giants Napoli.
In two years with former Napoli boss Rafa Benitez, Callejón was averaging a combined 25 goals and assists every season. When Sarri took over in 2015, the Spain international’s numbers went up to 30 direct goal involvements each year.
Callejón, along with left sided forward Lorenzo Insigne, were vital is Sarri’s attacking style at the Stadio San Paolo, and the former Real Madrid star would often make darting runs inside the opposing full back to meet in-swinging crosses towards the back post.
5. Growing the Brand
Time is running out for Chelsea to enjoy attracting an entire nation to your club, similar to how Brazilians started paying attention to Paris Saint-Germain following Neymar’s world record transfer.
That’s because, although Pulisic is still the only star of the USMNT, the likes of Weston McKennie, Timothy Weah and Josh Sargent are starting to make a name for themselves across Europe.
If any move for Pulisic is going to be made with his status as America’s biggest prospect in mind, then that move has to be made sooner rather than later.
4. World Class Pedegree
There’s always a danger when signing young players from across Europe that you won’t know how they’ll perform when they are thrust into a dressing room alongside a plethora of superstars.
For Pulisic, however, he’s been playing with some of the biggest names on the continent for almost half a decade, starting alongside the likes of Marco Reus, Ousmane Dembélé and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
3. He Knows How to Deal With Pressure
After swapping the Pennsylvania Classics for Borussia Dortmund as a 16-year-old, Pulisic has been carrying the hopes of America’s international future on his shoulders for a number of years.
He’s been pinned up as the saviour of soccer, and so far Pulisic hasn’t disappointed in his role as a generation defining player for the USMNT.
2. A Change of Scenery
Phrases like ‘Borussia Dortmund’s best young player’ have become the norm in all the transfer stories that have followed Pulisic over the years.
But these days, the USNMT star is further down the pecking as the Black and Yellows golden boy.
Englishman Jadon Sancho is now the youngster who fans are clamouring over at the Westfalenstadion, while Sergio Gómez and Youssoufa Moukoko look set to be next in line to be thrown into the limelight for Dortmund.
1. It Suits Everyone Involved
With Pulisic somewhat out of contention in Dortmund, he could certainly benefit from a change of scenery, especially as he’s spent his entire professional career at one club.
On Borussia Dortmund’s side of things, the days when their American star is being linked with big money moves away look to be coming to an end, and they could just have one or two transfer window to really get maximum value in a sale.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have an ageing group of wingers. Willian (30) and Pedro (31) are the most likely starters on the right hand side, while the only up and coming wide forward on either wing is Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has only ever made seven appearances for the first team.