Chelsea have been bit part players as of late in the budding Christian Pulisic transfer saga, but reports from kicker and Bild over the past couple days have not only turned up the noise but have dropped the Blues smack-dab in the middle of the fray. “Smack dab” is an American expression that means “exactly”, which is what Pulisic is to our needs, and I will not hear it otherwise.
Sign him up!
Goal’s Ronan Murphy is actually re-reporting the news from Bild (as were Sky Germany), who claim that Borussia Dortmund and Pulisic have agreed to disagree and have called off contract talks. Bild also claim that Pulisic is “supposedly the No.1 target for Chelsea”.
The 19-year-old’s contract has as long to run as Eden Hazard’s at Chelsea, so an extension is imperative in both cases. But BVB appear to have admitted defeat, unlike Chelsea in Eden’s case, and have resigned themselves to letting Pulisic leave. While that was always bound to happen eventually, it may yet even happen this summer, maximizing his transfer fee with just two years left on his current deal.
The bidding starts at €70m. That actually seems a bit low given current market conditions. Spurs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, Bayern have all been named as favorites at one time or another, so basically no one’s in the lead for anything.
Christian Pulisic will not leave Borussia Dortmund this summer unless a bid of over €70m is received, according to kicker. #BVB— Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) July 26, 2018
While everybody seems to be urging Pulisic to stay, and that may make the most sense for his development, with basically every big team in England and Europe hot on his heels and a stated desire to play in the Premier League one day, it’s also easy to see how his head could be turned. If he comes to Chelsea, that certainly won’t be a good thing!
With BVB apparently setting a (minimum) price, we could be in for a massive bidding war. It’s a good thing we’ve been saving our moneys this summer! But, as ever, we’d have to act quickly. The transfer window closes on August 9.
BONUS PULISIC GOODNESS: