Chelsea Reportedly Want Christian Pulisic in January Amid Dortmund Exit Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistNovember 16, 2018

DORTMUND, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 10: Christian Pulisic of Borussia Dortmund looks on during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Signal Iduna Park on November 10, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Chelsea are reportedly looking to sign Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in the January transfer window.

According to Martin Samuel of the Daily Mail, the Bundesliga side are ready to cash in on the United States international because contract talks between him and the club have stalled. Samuel wrote:

"Chelsea, however, are in a hurry and will push for the deal to be done in January—particularly with the threat of a transfer ban from FIFA looming over their alleged recruitment of under-age players. ...

"There had been talk of a price in the region of £70 million previously, but that may have come down with the prospect of losing [Pulisic] for nothing in 2020."

According to Samuel, the Blues are poised to beat Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur to the 20-year-old's signature after he recently revealed he would be open to a move to the Premier League.

Samuel also said Pulisic would not be coming in to be a replacement for Eden Hazard, who has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Pulisic has been at Dortmund since 2015 and has been playing for the first team since January 2016. Following that breakthrough, he's been rated as one of football's standout prospects.

These numbers from WhoScored.com show how exciting he is to watch:

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Christian Pulisic: Has completed more dribbles (90) than any other player since the start of the 2017/18 Bundesliga season For more player stats -- https://t.co/FdAxNKr1iC https://t.co/BnDhl3NEjY

This season, Dortmund have been flying under new manager Lucien Favre, who appears happy to put faith in his young players. BVB's vibrant team have been tremendous in the Bundesliga, and after Saturday's 3-2 win over Bayern Munich, they are four points clear at the summit.

Pulisic, however, hasn't been a key man. Of the 11 domestic matches played, he's only started four times, with Favre recently favouring Jadon Sancho and Jacob Bruun Larsen on the flanks.

While Sancho has been the star man for Dortmund this season, Pulisic hasn't been that far behind in terms of productivity when he's been on the pitch:

OptaJack⚽️ @OptaJack

41.3 - Christian Pulisic and Jadon Sancho have combined to be a part of 41.3% of Dortmund's goals across all competitions this season. Starlets. https://t.co/4mkasEPCjn

The prospect of Pulisic working under a manager like Maurizio Sarri is exciting, as the Italian's teams have a reputation for playing wonderful attacking football. The impact he's made at Stamford Bridge has been huge.

In addition to livening the team up in the final third, Sarri has also made the Blues a difficult side to get the better of:

Sky Sports Statto @SkySportsStatto

UPDATE: Most games unbeaten at start of @premierleague managerial career. 12 - Maurizio Sarri @ChelseaFC 11 - Frank Clark @NFFC 8 - John Lyall @Official_ITFC 8 - Jose Mourinho @ChelseaFC 8 - Luiz Felipe Scolari @ChelseaFC 8 - Peter Taylor @LCFC https://t.co/8q9skVVP76

Pulisic may be in the early stages of his career, but some would have anticipated the USMNT regular to have kicked on a little more in recent years at Dortmund. He's not cemented himself as a crucial player for the Black and Yellows despite his evident talent.

A move may suit the 20-year-old, with a fresh environment potentially providing a trigger for the American to kick on to another level. At Chelsea, playing alongside the likes of Hazard on a regular basis, he would have an ideal foundation to do that.