Pulisic set to become a blue from next season
Chelsea have won the race to sign young starlet Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund for a fee rumoured to be £57.6m (€64m), but the American will be loaned back immediately to the German side until the end of the season.
The transfer makes Pulisic the second-most expensive signing in Chelsea’s history after striker Alvaro Morata, who was bought from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017 for £60m, online sportsbook news report.
“In the summer of 2019, I move on to Chelsea and to a new competition, the English Premier League,” said the 20-year-old playmaker. “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.”
“I’m looking forward to working with Maurizio Sarri and his technical team. But for six months, it’s all BVB. Please do not doubt my passion, determination and my 110 per cent commitment to the team right until the last ball is kicked this season.”
The young playmaker is already a midfield star, with more to come
Pulisic joined BVB in early 2015 as a promising 16-year-old talent that showed great skill on the ball after being scouted by the Germans for some time before they opted to offer him a place in their youth setup. He integrated himself pretty quickly which saw him break into the first team the following season, making 12 appearances and scoring 2 goals in his first season as a professional player.
Pulisic experienced a sharp growth in his development over the subsequent two seasons, as he became a regular for Dortmund between 2016 and 2018, scoring 10 goals from a total of 85 outings across all competitions.
His impressive performances attracted scouts from all of Europe’s biggest clubs, including the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, PSG and others. Before he signed for Chelsea, there were even rumours that he was being closely monitored by former BVB boss Jurgen Klopp who now manages Liverpool, but it is believed the American wanted the promise of regular playing time, which the Reds’ manager couldn’t guarantee.
After 20 rounds in the Premier League, Chelsea are 4th on the table with 43 points to their name. But there’s still a long road to go until the end of the campaign, so they could make a bit more progress up the table throughout the remainder of the season.
Liverpool are leading with 54 points, while Tottenham are in second with 48 (although they’ve played 21 games) and defending champions Man City have fallen down to third spot with their 47 points.
Online sportsbooks in UK are giving Liverpool favourite odds 8/15 (1.53) to win the Premier League outright, while Man City are underdogs with 7/4 (2.75). Tottenham 20/1 (21.00) and Chelsea 80/1 (81.00) are complete outsider for the title, but it’s worth placing bets on their individual games which can yield great winnings.
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