Chelsea and Christian Pulisic do not want a loan deal if USA star leaves in January…meaning attacker would only leave on permanent terms in the next window
Sportsmail has learned that both the Premier League club, and its American star, are unlikely to accept a loan offer for Pulisic’s services in the upcoming window.
Pulisic’s World Cup performances have put Premier League clubs on alert for a potential January transfer away from Chelsea.
Christian Pulisic has looked reborn while away on international duty at the World Cup in Qatar
The $70million signing from Borussia Dortmund is entering the final 18 months of his contract at Stamford Bridge and there has been no noise from Chelsea or the player’s camp regarding a potential renewal.
Manchester United and Newcastle both made inquiries in August and, along with Arsenal, are among those monitoring developments.
Chelsea is weighing up whether to cash in on the 24-year-old during the January window rather than allow his contract to run down to the final 12 months wherein his value would depreciate further.
The USA international has been lauded for displays against Wales and England in their opening Group B encounters and was FIFA’s man of the match following Friday’s 0-0 draw with Gareth Southgate’s men.
He was influential as the US took charge against their old foe, rattling Jordan Pickford’s bar with a vicious strike, before earning praise from Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson postgame.
The Chelsea winger crashed a shot into the crossbar during his nation’s tie with their old foe
US observers hailed his performance as ‘heroic’ and say their star man has benefited from playing under a coach in national team coach Gregg Berhalter that trusts and fully believes in him.
Berhalter has utilized Pulisic in his favored role and he has certainly looked more effective at times than when he is at Chelsea.
Though his club statistics for producing goals and assists per 90 minutes still reflect favorably against teammates Kai Havertz, Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling, Pulisic has endured a difficult time under Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea and is understood to be growing equally frustrated at his lack of starts under Graham Potter.
Pulisic was a constant threat for the US against The Three Lions in their draw on Black Friday
The Chelsea manager has preferred to use Pulisic predominantly as an impact substitute so far, indicating he may be a player the club are willing to sacrifice ahead of a squad revamp in the new year.
Manchester United held tentative talks over a price for Pulisic in August prior to signing Brazilian Anthony.
It is anticipated Chelsea will look for around £35million should they sell him in January.
After cancelling Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract, United’s immediate priority is for a central striker but, with ongoing concerns over Jadon Sancho’s form, they will monitor what unfolds with Pulisic.
Newcastle are interested in Pulisic but their lack of Champions League football is a concern
Arsenal are also in the market for a wide player this winter and like the fact Pulisic can bring versatility by playing in different roles across the midfield. Liverpool are also long-term admirers.
Their focus is on Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham for the summer but a deal at the right price for Pulisic, who is still only 24, could appeal.
High-flying Newcastle are actively scouting wingers to improve Eddie Howe’s squad while AC Milan and Juventus have also made enquiries in recent months about Pulisic. However, a reported move to cash-strapped Inter is considered unlikely.
Liverpool are long-term admirers of Pulisic but are likely to aim for Dortmund’s Jude Belligham
Pulisic’s immediate focus is on getting USA through to the World Cup knockout stages with their progress resting on Tuesday’s decider against Iran.
‘We have a lot of work left to do,’ he said reacting to praise following their England performance. ‘Everyone back home watching us against England, I hope we made a lot of people proud, but the job isn’t even close to done, so we’ve got a lot of work left to do.’
If Captain America were to leave the west London club in the new year, it would bring an end to a four-year spell which included a Champions League triumph over Manchester City in May 2021.