Graham Potter dealt huge £52m blow as Christian Pulisic gives Chelsea transfer ultimatum


There has been another twist in the tale of the Christian Pulisic transfer saga. The 24-year-old was heavily linked with an exit from Chelsea in the summer after falling out of favour under former boss Thomas Tuchel. But, even under new management with Graham Potter in the dugout, the United States international has struggled to nail down a place in the Blues side.

The American, who sees his contract at Stamford Bridge expire in 18 months, has featured 13 times for Chelsea in the Premier League this season, directly contributing towards just two goals. With first-team opportunities in west London few and far between, Pulisic was stripped of the USMNT captaincy ahead of the World Cup.

Despite this, he’s impressed for Gregg Berhalter’s side in Qatar and courted the interest of several Premier League sides with an assist versus Wales and a man of the match display against England.

According to the Daily Mail , Manchester United and Newcastle, who both made inquiries in August, along with Arsenal began monitoring the winger’s situation again this month. Pulisic looked destined to leave Chelsea in January not so long ago but, now, fresh reports claim otherwise in what could be a dramatic U-turn.

Florian Plettenberg of Sky Sports has reported that the American, who is currently valued at £51.8million , wants to stay at Stamford Bridge this winter. But, the possibility of a move away from Chelsea is reportedly not null and void. The report adds that, while an exit in ‘unlikely’, talks regarding a move could take place if Pulisic were to ‘receive a great and interesting offer’ after the World Cup.

With speculation over Pulisic’s future, he’s been encouraged to join the Magpies by fellow countryman Eric Wynalda. Speaking to the Vegas Insider, as quoted by Newcastle World, the former United States international said:

“I think if he ends up making a move in January, after the World Cup, I am starting to lean more and more towards the direction of Newcastle. “Things that I am hearing about the money they are going to splash is interesting. I don’t think Leeds, for example, would be a good spot for him.

“That’s not a team that is going to score a ton of goals. He’s going to be on the end of a lot of quality if he stays at Chelsea, he’s just not going to get the minutes that would equate to big numbers.”

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