Liverpool will have the opportunity to agree a deal for Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic when the transfer window re-opens in January.
The USA international looks set to leave the Bundesliga leaders in 2019, with negotiations over an extension having broken down.
Christian Pulisic transfer: Chelsea preparing £70m bid – but theres a catch
Dortmund face having to sell the 20-year-old on for a fee in order to avoid losing him for nothing upon the expiry of his current contract in 2020.
Chelsea Tipped to Agree £70m Christian Pulisic Deal With Small Caveat on Timing
The Reds have unsurprisingly emerged as leading contenders thanks to Jurgen Klopp’s ties with Pulisic from their brief time together at Dortmund. Liverpool do, however, also face stiff competition from Premier League title rivals Chelsea as they look to cover their backs in preparation for a potential Eden Hazard departure.
Dortmund will be open to agreeing a £70million deal with one of Liverpool or Chelsea in January, but on the condition that Pulisic stays put until the end of the season, reports the Telegraph’s Matt Law.
Pulisic has spoken fondly off Klopp in the past in thanks to the manager for handing him his first senior training session at Dortmund.
The Liverpool boss acted on his own admiration for the forward in 2016 when he tried to sign Pulisic for £11million amid his emergence as one of Europe’s most exciting prospects.
Multiple individual records and 107 appearances later and Pulisic is now valued at £70million, not to mention deemed a possible long-term replacement for Philippe Coutinho.
Chelsea’s desire to wrap up a deal in January may stem from their fear of a transfer ban following a FIFA investigation into their signing of foreign U18 players.
It also now puts the onus on Klopp to make his move if he remains to be keen on luring Pulisic to Anfield.
Pulisic has managed just 13 appearances across all competitions so far this season having seen his opportunities limited by the form of Jadon Sancho and Jacob Bruun Larsen. This has notably seen him start on the bench for each of his side’s last five league games.
Liverpool Borussia Dortmund are willing to strike a £70million deal with Chelsea or Liverpool for Christian Pulisic – as long as he stays in Germany until the summer.
Chelsea and Liverpool, along with Paris Saint-Germain, have a long-standing interest in United States international Pulisic, whose contract is due to expire in 2020.
Dortmund are adamant the forward will not leave in January, but are prepared to negotiate a transfer for the summer if they receive a big enough bid.
Chelsea would have to smash their record transfer, which stands at £57m for Alvaro Morata, to secure an agreement for the summer over Pulisic.
That may not be entirely attractive for the Blues, given the 20-year-old will only have 12 months remaining on his contract at the end of the season.
But Chelsea will also be well aware that they could face big competition for Pulisic if they wait until next summer to make their move.
Chelsea also have to consider the fact they could lose Eden Hazard at the end of the season and the guaranteed arrival of Pulisic would at least soften that potential blow.
Hazard has conceded that Chelseas defeat to Tottenham Hotspur proved they are not fighting for the Premier League title this season, saying: We are thinking about finishing in the top four, not to be the champions. We know (Manchester) City are not much better than Chelsea but they are better at the moment.
In what areas are City better? A lot of things: possession; when they have chances, they score; maybe defensively they are better. They have top players.
Is it due to their consistency as well, winning game after game? Yes, of course. They are in a good momentum since last year and we need to be back like this.
Even if Hazard stays at Chelsea, Pulisic could take over from Willian and Pedro on the right of the teams front three.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of Pulisic, while PSG are admirers and could have money to spend if reports they will sell Neymar prove to be correct.
Other than looking at potential signings, Chelsea are having to consider which players may leave during the next two transfer windows.
Gary Cahill has been told he can go out on loan in January before his contract expires next summer and AC Milan have held talks over a move for Cesc Fabregas.