USMNT’s Pulisic has stalled at Chelsea – they have two transfer windows to cash in

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Christian Pulisic travels to Qatar looking to turn Gregg Berhalter’s young USMNT squad into a rising force ahead of the 2026 World Cup on his home soil. But there was also a personal motivation: to remind others in football – even himself – of his rare gift.

There have been too few opportunities to do that at Chelsea this season. According to FBref, Pulisic ranks 16th among outfielders in minutes played in all games for the Graham Potters. He played 616 minutes, started just five times and came off the bench in 13 of his 18 appearances.

It’s no surprise, then, that Pulisic has been widely linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window. Manchester United are reliably listed as suitors, with Premier League leaders Arsenal also mentioned.

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Newcastle United’s interest is substantial – Pulisic is Amanda Staveley, Mehdad Gudusi and Chelsea co-owner Behda Egbaly at Stamford Bridge in August One of several players mentioned in the conversation while watching the Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur in the executive box together.

But at the time, Newcastle were only looking for a potential season-long loan and there were indications that any approach from United in January was for a temporary deal.

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Just like last summer, it was a non-starter from Chelsea’s point of view. Pulisic is a winger of a high level and although his transfer fee has not been maintained at the £58m ($70m) mark since his arrival at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2019, he is an option for the team. Reasonable value for Porter. There’s no reason to let him go for any less than commercially meaningful sums – especially for a rival in the Premier League’s top-four race.

Even for Pulisic himself, a loan move is less attractive now than it was in August, when the player and his representatives went to great lengths to persuade Todd Boly and Egbaly to approve his departure. The concern at the time was that Thomas Tuchel would not select enough of him to be in top shape and fit for this winter’s World Cup. Such short-term considerations no longer exist.

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It’s important to stress that Pulisic is happy at Chelsea. Despite being abused online during the toughest moments of his Stamford Bridge career, he has never been involved in an altercation with the club or supporters. He loves London and has a lot of friends in the team, often hanging out with a few of his team-mates.

Christian Pulisic, Graham Potter

Pulisic shakes hands with Graham Potter after Chelsea’s game with Red Bull Salzburg in September (Photo: Mike Hewitt via Getty Images)

Pulisic’s desire to leave has largely been driven by a feeling that his career has stalled – a feeling that was strongest during Tuchel’s tenure. Familiarity between the pair proved more of a hindrance than an advantage at Chelsea from their previous experience at Dortmund. Tuchel was unable to reassess his perception of Pulisic from the teenager he most often deployed as an impactful substitute in Germany.

Porter has no such relationship issues and Pulisic has spoken positively about Chelsea’s new manager in recent weeks.

“He’s been fine,” the 24-year-old said this month. “He came and I was most impressed by the way he worked with the players and communicated with the players. We had a great start with him. We had some difficulties (with results) in recent weeks but he Working through those odds and the guys have treated him well. We’re excited. Good things to come.”

But that doesn’t change the fact that Porter, like Tuchel, generally favors other strikers or attacking midfielders in his front line, such as Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling, Kai Havertz and Pitt. Emerick Aubameyang.

His contract situation has come to a head. After the World Cup, he will have 18 months to fulfill the deal he signed in January 2019. Understandably, given the current situation, he has no desire to renew his contract. Boehly and Eghbali know they actually have two transfer windows – this coming January and the summer of 2023 – to recoup Pulisic’s significant value on the market.

This market is developing slowly. Pulisic’s wages have been a sticking point for some clubs outside the Premier League, as is often the case when Chelsea or other giants in the division look to sell fringe players. An asking price of £35m has been mooted and looks reasonable, the reason he has fallen out of favor at Stamford Bridge and the reason his current contract is up.

Whether a solution is found in January or after the season is not entirely in the hands of Chelsea or Pulisic, but when he next hopes to lead the USMNT to the World Cup, he feels it is inevitable to do so as representing a different club. .

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