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Chelsea Sign Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund for €64M

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 2, 2019

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - DECEMBER 18: Christian Pulisic of Borussia Dortmund controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between Fortuna Duesseldorf and Borussia Dortmund at Esprit-Arena on December 18, 2018 in Duesseldorf, Germany.(Photo by TF-Images/TF-Images via Getty Images)
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Chelsea have secured the signing of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund for €64 million (£57.6 million). 

The 20-year-old will remain at the German club on loan until the end of the season before moving to Stamford Bridge in the summer, Dortmund confirmed on Wednesday:

Borussia Dortmund @BlackYellow

Borussia Dortmund has agreed with @ChelseaFC on the transfer of Christian Pulisic for a fee of €64 million 📝 Pulisic will remain at BVB on loan until the end of the season. https://t.co/jAur5xWwuQ

B/R Football @brfootball

BREAKING: Borussia Dortmund have agreed a €64m deal with Chelsea for @cpulisic_10, who will stay with the German club on loan until the end of the season https://t.co/knG8UPvqJW

Pulisic had only 18 months left to run on his Dortmund contract, and club sporting director Michael Zorc explained they could not turn down such a good offer given the circumstances, per the club's website (h/t Goal):

"It was always Christian's dream to play in the Premier League. That certainly has to do with his American background, and as a result we were unable to extend his contract. Against this background, we have decided to accept an extremely lucrative bid by Chelsea, given the low contract maturity."

The attacking midfielder posted a farewell message on his Twitter feed:

Christian Pulisic @cpulisic_10

Liebe Borussen 🖤💛 (🇺🇸🇬🇧) https://t.co/nAKgF1sHdI

Pulisic debuted for Dortmund's senior team back in January 2016 having impressed in the youth ranks.

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In 2016-17, he played an increasingly important role, making 29 Bundesliga appearances, while he returned four goals and five assists in the German top flight in 32 appearances in 2017-18. 

The current campaign has been less fruitful for the United States international.

He has been afforded just five starts in the Bundesliga as Lucien Favre's side have established themselves as front-runners in the title race.

Pulisic remains one of the most exciting young prospects in Europe, though, and Chelsea have done well to sign him.

He should be a valuable attacking asset as he can operate on either flank or through the middle playing as a No. 10.

Some have speculated that Chelsea may have brought him in as a replacement for Eden Hazard, who has been heavily linked with Real Madrid:

Sam Matterface @sammatterface

Obviously Dortmund didn’t want to sell immediately but Chelsea could have done with the dynamism Pulisic brings now. I wonder if this is a pre emptive strike and Chelsea are already plotting for life beyond Hazard? Hope not, the #PL needs to retain it’s stars.

Scott Groom @ScottCGroom

Pulisic to Chelsea surely just means Hazard's inevitable exit from Stamford Bridge has just got closer?

But even if the Belgian stays put at Stamford Bridge, Pulisic has the quality to become a first-team star under manager Maurizio Sarri. 

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