Christian Pulisic has been heavily tipped to move on this summer, with Chelsea amongst the clubs chasing the Borussia Dortmund midfielder, but he would be well-advised to reject any offers and stay at the Westfalenstadion.
The 19-year-old has been linked with the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern Munich, although Dortmund have made it clear they would be reluctant to sell him. German media reports have suggested Dortmund would want around £88 million for Pulisic in the current market, but the pressure of that fee would be a burden the United States international would do well to avoid.
Currently, Dortmund have Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea, and want to make this deal permanent in the summer. So it’s not unimaginable that Pulisic could be sold, if the price the right.
With the Blues interested in signing Robert Lewandowski from Bayern, it’s likely that they would allow Batshuayi to join Dortmund permanently, although they will undoubtedly see that transfer as an opportunity to prise Pulisic away as part of a player-plus-cash deal.
Chelsea are one of the favourites with Matchbook betting to sign Pulisic, as they bid to reshape their squad following a disappointing defence of their Premier League title.
Pulisic has scored 11 goals and created 16 more in 86 appearances for Dortmund, but his form has suffered as rumours about his future have increased. Another season with Dortmund would give him the opportunity to return to his best without the same level of pressure he would be under in the Premier League.
Chelsea already have plenty of midfield options and Pulisic would run the risk of not seeing much playing time if moved to Stamford Bridge. The likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater, Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Pedro and Willian are all battling for a starting role, and while a couple of those may move on this summer there is no guarantee that Pulisic would be able to force his way into the starting XI.
Pulisic is contracted to Dortmund until 2020 and honing his talents for another year in the Bundesliga would be his best option.
The midfielder would have just a year left on his contract and Dortmund would not be able to command the same level of fee currently being suggested, easing some of the pressure if Pulisic decides to move elsewhere. It would also give him greater negotiating power to secure a substantial signing-on fee and a bumper weekly wage as the various clubs fight for his services.
Doubts over Antonio Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge are another reason Pulisic should stay put for the time being.
The Chelsea boss has pledged to see out his contract which expires in 2019, but Pulisic must be sure that wherever he ends up he moves into a settled environment under a manager he wants to play for.
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