Chelsea make first move in Pulisic race


Chelsea have made an official approach to Borussia Dortmund to sign Christian Pulisic.

That’s the news being reported in an article by Simon Johnson for the Evening Standard, in which he claims that the Premier League club made contact with the German side on Friday last week.

They are said to be hopeful of persuading the Bundesliga leaders to allow the twenty year old to make an exit in next month’s transfer window rather than at the end of the season.

Dortmund are reported to be prepared to do a deal in January that would see him remain with them for the rest of the campaign before leaving next Summer – when he will have just one year left on his contract with them.

They are reported to be seeking a transfer fee worth at least £70m in order to do a deal – but Chelsea’s opening offer is said to be below that figure.

Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Thorgan Hazard, brother of Stamford Bridge star Eden, is reported to be the man Dortmund want to cover the loss of Pulisic – and Chelsea could help out with that situation.

When the London club sold the Belgian international to the German side back in 2015, they inserted a clause into the contract that meant that they can match any offer for their former player.

They could opt to waive that right in order to keep things smooth with Dortmund to enable them to move into pole position to bring the United States international to England ahead of Liverpool.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp remains keen on bringing Pulisic to Anfield – which is said to be his preferred destination.

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