Chelsea have reportedly agreed a deal with Borussia Dortmund to sign Christian Pulisic next summer.
The 20-year-old American forward has long been linked with a move away from the Westfalenstadion and it seems this season could be his last in a BVB jersey.
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- Pulisic – born and raised in Hershey, Pennsylvania – joined Borussia Dortmund’s youth academy in 2015.
- He would make his Bundesliga debut coming off the bench against FC Ingolstadt in January 2016, a game BVB won 2-0.
- A winger by trade, Pulisic has made no fewer than 115 appearances for the German powerhouse, registering 15 goals and 24 assists in all competitions.
- He was runner-up to ‘Kopa‘ award-winner Kylian Mbappe last year, and has reportedly attracted the attention of Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea.
- Pulisic, who has won 23 caps for the United States, sees his present deal with BVB expire in June 2020.
A move to England has longed been touted, with Pulisic himself saying the Premier League is a division he “dreams” of playing in.
And according to German publication Bild he looks set to be on his way to Stamford Bridge after the culmination of this season.
The report suggests Chelsea and Pulisic have agreed on the move with Dortmund’s knowledge, and that this will go through once the Dortmund accept an offer. The likely transfer fee is said to be around £45m.
The deal would end a four-year association between Pulisic and the Bundesliga club. Since breaking into BVB’s first team, he has gone on to feature across 115 matches in all competitions but has been relegated to a squad role under current boss Lucien Favre.
Do Dortmund even need Pulisic after Jadon Sancho’s rise?
A reason behind Pulisic’s bit-part role this season has been the sensational rise of English winger Jadon Sancho.
Sancho, formerly of Manchester City’s youth set-up, joined BVB ahead of the 2017/18 campaign and has not looked back.
Having assimilated under former boss Peter Stöger last season, he has become one of the first names on Favre’s team sheet. To date, Sancho has featured across 24 matches, scoring seven goals and creating 10 for his teammates.
His performances appear to have reduced Pulisic, who has started just five of Dortmund’s league matches this season, in terms of status at Dortmund. That is not to say the US international does not have great potential; he is the youngest foreign player in Bundesliga history to score nine goals.
Last year he was runner-up in Fifa’s inaugural Trophee Kopa, awarded to the best-performing player aged under 21 and decided by a panel of past Ballon d’Or winners. Among those were, of course, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
What is more, only one player averages more dribbles per game in the Bundesliga for Dortmund than Pulisic (1.7); the problem is, that player is Sancho (2.5).