Chelsea have all but been given the green light to come and do business with Borussia Dortmund according to the Metro – the Bundesliga leaders are prepared to sell one of the star assets, Christian Pulisic for £70 million.
The United States international only has a deal that runs until the summer of 2020, meaning that if he stays in Dortmund to the next summer transfer window, without signing a new deal, the club run the risk of losing him for a far reduced-fee.
At the moment Chelsea know all about such a conundrum, with Eden Hazard also on the same length of contract. Ironically the Blues may take advantage of Dortmund’s potential need to offload for value now – while at the same time hoping that no one does the same to them with Eden Hazard, and that he will re-sign long-term.
In the same report the Metro state via the Telegraph that Dortmund’s new willingness to do business for £70 million has one attachment, and that would be that Christian Pulisic is ‘loaned back’ until the conclusion of this season. It’s not a surprise considering Dortmund have their best chance in years to lift the Bundesliga title – boasting a nine point gap over champions Bayern Munich.
Whether Chelsea will feel this represents value for money though is another thing entirely, they would likely want to the 20-year old American from January onwards to help the club return to the Champions League qualification spots and achieve other season targets.
While a deal of £70 million for player that won’t play for Chelsea competitively until August 2019 doesn’t sound like great business, the Blues will also likely have to contend with huge interest if they leave negotiations until next summer. Clubs around Europe, including rivals Liverpool, would certainly be keen to take Pulisic for a hugely reduced fee with less than 12 months on his contract.

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