Christian Pulisic Becomes Most Expensive US Soccer Player

Soccer Play Takes Top-Paid Player Spot Christian Pulisic has joined Chelsea in a £57.6 million move from Borussia Dortmund but will be immediately loaned back to the German club...

Soccer Play Takes Top-Paid Player Spot

Christian Pulisic has joined Chelsea in a £57.6 million move from Borussia Dortmund but will be immediately loaned back to the German club for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. The 20-year-old United States international becomes the second most expensive outfield player in Chelsea’s history, after Alvaro Morata.

“In summer of 2019, I move on to Chelsea and to a new competition, the English Premier League,” said Pulisic, who has scored 15 goals in 114 games for Dortmund since breaking into the first team during the 2015/16 season. A number of English clubs, including Liverpool and Arsenal, were previously linked with Pulisic, who has found his first-team opportunities limited this season by the emergence of England international Jadon Sancho.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are delighted to have signed one of Europe’s most sought-after young players. “Christian has shown his quality during a fantastic spell in Germany and at just 20, we believe he has the potential to become an important Chelsea player for many years to come.

“We look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge in the summer and wish him and Dortmund every success for the remainder of the season.” German football expert Raphael Honigstein believes the transfer represents “tremendous value” for Chelsea who could use the USA international’s marketability to capitalize on business opportunities across the Atlantic.

Speaking to Sky Sports News’ podcast, Transfer Talk, said: “He’s a real talent and especially if you consider the marketing value as the No 1 American football player of his generation – it’s not a deal that feels expensive.

“This is a player that a lot of Premier League clubs were interested in, he brings tremendous value when it comes to gaining followers and attention in America, which is a key market for many Premier League clubs for obvious reasons.”

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