American Christian Pulisic is one of the big names in Europe who still has a chance to leave before the summer transfer window closes on September 1. He is now being linked with another big club with just days before the deadline.
After Juventus, Newcastle and Liverpool, the latest interested side are Manchester United, who have lost their opening two games of the Premier League season for the first time since 1992 and are in a desperate situation to renew their squad.
Chelsea are also reshuffling the deck after making a variety of changes on defense and up the offensive lines. That could set the stage for a deal that pleases both sides if the two American-owned clubs are willing to negotiate. The first reports point to a potential loan deal for the player, who joined Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2019.
The Sporting News brings you the latest on Pulisic’s Manchester United links as the summer transfer deadline nears.
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The links first appeared on August 17th Andy Mitten from The Athletic reported that the Red Devils want to loan Pulisic out for the upcoming season.
Exclusive. Manchester United want to loan Christian Pulisic. player for it. To the@TheAthleticUKhttps://t.co/nXzbfUp12T
— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) August 17, 2022
At the same time, CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs stated that Pulisic took advice from USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter, who directed the American star to seek more minutes on the field at club level. Jacobs explained that Pulisic is intrigued by Serie A after discussing opportunities at Juventus with international team-mate Weston McKennie, but so far no offer has come from Italian clubs.
Fabrizio Romano also told CBS podcast Que Golazo that Christian Pulisic is “on the list” of Man United manager Erik ten Hag. However, new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is a key player in history and the American businessman is reluctant to loan players to ‘important’ clubs across Europe.
TalkSPORT journalist Alex Crooke also reported that Chelsea would be willing to let Pulisic go but stated that the American’s takeover would ‘not be a progressive signing for Man United’.
Finally a German journalist Florian Plettenburg added his own report saying Manchester United are in for Pulisic along with Newcastle, Juventus and Atletico Madrid. Plettenburg says no formal offers have been made and contrary to other reports, Tuchel actually wants to keep the American but he needs more playing time.
Christian Pulisic contract, salary at Chelsea
The key to this Pulisic transfer saga is the American’s contract situation at Chelsea, with just two years left on his current deal.
This is the ideal time for the Blues to make a decision about his status at Stamford Bridge. If they let him down to just one more year in June 2023, his transfer value would drop significantly.
Pulisic hasn’t signed a contract extension at Chelsea as he was still on his first five-year deal when he joined from Borussia Dortmund in 2019. year-old kid with raw talent in the Bundesliga.
According to Spotrac, Pulisic’s contract grants him a salary of £150,000 a week, which is about £7.8 million a year ($9.4 million).
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Goals by Christian Pulisic, stats for Chelsea
At the start of the 2022/23 season, Pulisic was a squad player for Chelsea who failed to secure a truly consistent starting role, but was not relegated to just a bench option either.
Pulisic made 115 appearances for Chelsea in his first three seasons with the club, scoring 25 goals and providing 19 assists. The majority of those goals (19) came in his 76 Premier League appearances.
He has made a further 21 appearances in the Champions League, scoring five goals and assisting five others.
Christian Pulisic stats at Chelsea
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USMNT player at Manchester United
Christian Pulisic’s move to Manchester United would make him the fifth American to play for Manchester United in club history.
The first was Jim Brown in the 1930s, a Scottish-born player who played twice for the US national team and for two seasons for Manchester United.
The youngest was US goalkeeper Tim Howard, who joined Manchester United in 2003 from Major League Soccer’s MetroStars and made 77 appearances for the club before joining Everton.