Chelsea splash out £58m to beat Liverpool to sign US star Christian Pulisic and spark fears that Eden Hazard will be off in the summer
- Chelsea have won the race to sign Borussia Dortmund ace Christian Pulisic
- The American midfielder will join Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea side in the summer
- A move for Pulisic sparks fears that star man Eden Hazard could be set for an exit
- The Belgian is yet to commit to a long-term deal and is of interest to Real Madrid
Christian Pulisic will join Chelsea in the summer for £58million, his club Borussia Dortmund have confirmed.
Sportsmail exclusively revealed the American midfielder was set for a switch to Stamford Bridge in November as Dortmund accepted they had to cash in on a player who was out of contract in 2020.
A move for Pulisic will spark fresh fears over the future of star man Eden Hazard as he continues to mull over his long-term future at the club amid interest from La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid.
Chelsea have won the race to sign Christian Pulisic for £58million as he joins in the summer
In a statement on the club’s website on Wednesday morning, Dortmund wrote: ‘Borussia Dortmund has agreed with the English Premier League club Chelsea on a transfer of the Dortmund offensive player Christian Pulisic with immediate effect. The British in turn lend the player until the end of the current season to BVB.’
The emergence of Jadon Sancho at Dortmund this season has seen Pulisic’s opportunities limited at times and with his contract winding down a move to the Premier League was inevitable.
He has been at the club since the age of 16 and with the club on course to win their first Bundesliga title since 2011-12, it is important for the club to retain Pulisic until the end of the current campaign.
Pulisic has been at Dortmund since he was just 16 but could have left for nothing in 2020
A move now for Pulisic raises fears that Eden Hazard could be set for an exit in the summer
Born: Pennsylvania, USA
Borussia Dortmund – 115 apps 15 goals
United States – 23 caps 9 goals
There had been talk of a price in the region of £70m previously, but that has come down with the prospect of losing him for nothing in 2020.
‘It was always Christian’s dream to play in the Premier League. That certainly has to do with his American background, and as a result we were unable to extend his contract,’ Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said.
‘Against this background, we have decided to accept an extremely lucrative bid by Chelsea, given the low contract maturity.’
‘Christian Pulisic is a character perfect player. I am sure that in the coming months he will do everything in his power to bring his high quality to the team and to achieve his sporting goals with his team-mates Borussia Dortmund.’
It is a big move for Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri as he adds to his options for next season
Pulisic has struggled for game time this season with Jadon Sancho (R) hitting his best form