Adding fuel to the fire that is BILD reporting yesterday evening that Chelsea had agreed personal terms with Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic over a summer transfer, former USA international Eddie Johnson basically confirmed the move via his Instagram story.
(Assuming Johnson isn't just taking the rumors as fact.)
Chelsea do of course have to agree terms with BVB as well, even if the BILD story is true, but at this rate that might be little more than a formality.
CONFIRMED : Eddie Johnson, Former USA national team player confirms Pulisic joining Chelsea.— Pys (@CFCPys) December 29, 2018
“ Can’t Wait to watch you alongside Eden Hazard” pic.twitter.com/XBbCC2WbYI
While one might remember a similar story in the summer with Alex Golovin (who ended up joining Monaco where he's been ... okay), Johnson does potentially have some insider connections after working with Pulisic over the summer — since retiring as a player, Johnson moved into coaching and works with several current USA stars as well as youth.
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Sharpening @cmpulisic tools. Great exercise that I created where I incorporated movement with and with out the ball,passing,receiving, balance changing directions and a ball work exercise that consist of controlling the ball with different surfaces of the feet to create space and time to get out a of tight space off the dribble and to see a pass again. not physically demanding but all game realistic movements to get his body back in toon with those familiar Movements and feel for the ball again after his break #lovewhatyoudo #dowhatyoulove #youareyourenvironment #protraining #trainlikeapro #positivevibes #positiveliving #usa #soccer #hardworkdedication @freekickcenter
If you add to this that Christian Pulisic’s father, Mark Pulisic, has now even started following Chelsea FC and Eden Hazard on Twitter then you know SillySeason™ is in full flight and that this deal’s definitely going to happen!
OK, so two of Pulisic’s Dad’s most recent follows: (MarkPulisic on Twitter)— PG (@PGCFC001) December 29, 2018
Eden Hazard. #justsaying pic.twitter.com/bpo3deSlX9
Oh yeah, but where’s Lionel Messi at? I thought he was on his way to Stamford Bridge after liking Chelsea on Instagram? Strange...