Only two days into the transfer window and Chelsea have already thrown themselves into overdrive by acquiring Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund for €64m ... and then loaning him back to BVB for the rest of the season. Liverpool were rumoured to also have been in the running but the Blues, surprisingly, been swift and decisive in the completion of this transfer.
“We are delighted to have signed one of Europe’s most sought-after young players. Christian has shown his quality during a fantastic spell in Germany and at just 20, we believe he has the potential to become an important Chelsea player for many years to come. We look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge in the summer and wish him and Dortmund every success for the remainder of the season.”
-Marina Granovskaia; source: Chelsea FC
The move was first announced by Dortmund on Twitter, followed soon after by confirmation from Chelsea.
@cpulisic_10 wechselt im Sommer zum @ChelseaFC!— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 2, 2019
Der BVB hat sich mit dem FC Chelsea auf einen Transfer von Christian #Pulisic mit sofortiger Wirkung geeinigt, Chelsea wiederum leiht den 20-Jährigen bis zum Saisonende an den BVB aus.
Alle Infos https://t.co/HmGsGzfp7D pic.twitter.com/I6dM1NtiuA
Pulisic is capable of playing on either wing but prefers to play on the right and that’s where he has featured mostly for Dortmund this season. Thus, he is not a Hazard replacement, rather, someone who was bought to play alongside him. (A Willian replacement? Pulisic does wear No.22 for BVB.) Similarly, his arrival shouldn’t — in theory! — pose a threat to the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi either, as he, too, prefers on the left.
“In summer I move on to Chelsea and to a new competition, the English Premier League. It’s a privilege to have signed for such a legendary club and I look forward to working hard towards being a contributor to their team of world class players.”
-Chrisitian Pulisic; source: Chelsea FC
In recent years, Chelsea have started transfer windows slowly and played catch-up later on. Whether it was Giroud’s deadline day transfer last winter transfer window or how we waited till most of the transfer window was gone before even appointing Maurizio Sarri last summer. However, for once we’ve well truly started a transfer window with a bang. Long may this continue.