Chelsea would prefer to sell Christian Pulisic to a club abroad than let him join Premier League rivals Liverpool, with Barcelona among those also interested in the American.
Pulisic has been hot and cold during his time at Chelsea, which has also been hampered by a number of injuries. He has just returned this season after missing most of the campaign so far due to a combination of COVID-19 and an ankle problem.
The huge competition for places at Stamford Bridge could limit his chances of playing and moving on, with El Nacional claiming that Pulisic’s agent has already asked the club to let him leave.
The Catalan publication notes Barcelona’s interest as the 23-year-old meets their criteria for January goals as a wide striker who does not play regularly for his current club.
The same report also writes about Liverpool’s interest. Pulisic crossed paths with Jurgen Klopp in Borussia Dortmund when he joined the Bundesliga club as a 16-year-old in 2015, while Liverpool were considered to have been interested when the player moved to Chelsea in 2019.
Recruiting new forwards for the long-term future is something Liverpool must seriously consider sooner rather than later, in order to reduce the strain on and eventually replace Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, both 29, and Roberto Firmino, 30.
But Pulisic seems to be a no-go for the Reds, with El Nacional pointing out that Chelsea will completely refuse to sell to another Premier League club. Selling to Liverpool would immediately strengthen a team they will compete against for the Premier League title and the Champions League.
Barcelona would be a more comfortable destination for Pulisic from Chelsea’s perspective, although with a minimum asking price of € 50 million (£ 42 million), there are serious doubts as to whether the Catalan club has the financial means to advise the player without serious concessions.
The only way they could possibly take an approach for Pulisic is if a player – Philippe Coutinho, for example – is included in the exchange to lower the price, or a deal is constructed as a long-term loan with an obligation to buy delayed until 2023.
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