Newcastle United are reportedly ready to launch a January transfer move for Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic.
The Lowdown: Pulisic’s time at Chelsea
Back in the 2019 January transfer window, Chelsea signed the winger from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of £57.6m before immediately loaning him back to the German club for the end of the 2018/19 season.
With 133 appearances for the west London club under his belt, the 24-year-old has scored 26 goals and delivered 21 assists, but hasn’t ever quite fully delivered on the excitement surrounding his initial arrival.
Having been knocked out of the World Cup with the USA in the round of 16 stage, the attacker can now focus again on his domestic future following a summer of transfer talk, when Fabrizio Romano claimed PIF are “obsessed” with the player.
The Latest: Newcastle ready to bid
According to a recent report from the Daily Mirror, Newcastle are looking to launch a move to make the Chelsea winger their ‘statement signing’.
The report claims that Chelsea want £40m for the American, and although the Toon are ready to bid, they expect to try and drive that price down.
It’s also alleged that Pulisic would be tempted by the move on the premise he’d be getting regular playing time.
The Verdict: Worth a shot?
Having only started three of the 13 Premier League games he’s appeared in for Graham Potter’s side this season, it’s easy to see why he’d be looking to make a move away from Stamford Bridge to somewhere he’d have a better chance of playing regularly.
In terms of what he’d be able to offer Eddie Howe’s side, Pulisic has been able to rack up the second-highest rate of shots at goal per 90 minutes in the league this season at Chelsea (2.14) as well as the joint-fourth highest rate of shot-creating actions per 90 minutes (3.43).
Hailed for his “electric” performances at the World Cup by journalist Ben Wright, Pulisic would certainly add some extra attacking strength to Newcastle, bagging 67 senior goals for club and country aged just 24.
Looking ahead to January, we feel that it would definitely be worth Newcastle making an approach to Chelsea to see if they’d be willing to sell the winger for a price that would suit both parties.