Manchester United considering loan move for USMNT captain Christian Pulisic – The Athletic

Manchester United considering loan move for USMNT captain Christian Pulisic - The Athletic

Manchester United is considering taking USMNT captaincy Christian Pulisic lent by their Premier League rivals Chelsea, The Athletics can reveal

Newcastle United, Juventus and Atletico Madrid have all made approaches for the player, who cost Chelsea £58m ($70m) when he signed from Borussia Dortmund in 2019.

Pulisic, 23, has been frustrated by his lack of starts under Thomas Tuchel and wants to play more minutes ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar this winter.

The winger who is the most expensive North American footballer of all time is a key player for the USMNT and will lead his country in Qatar, but struggled for regular first-team minutes at Stamford Bridge. He came from the bench in the opening two games of the Premier League of Chelsea.

Chelsea know the player is frustrated and is willing to listen to loan offers. The Athletics understands that the player would prefer Manchester United.

Tuchel has already allowed fellow forwards Timo Werner to go to Red Bull Leipzigwhile Romulu Lukaku was loaned to Internazionale. Chelsea offered for Anthony Gordon of Evertonwhile there is also interest in Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Follow our live updates on Christian Pulisic’s potential loan move.

Newcastle want Pulisic because they know he can play in three positions across the front three, both wings, like number 10 or 8, and such versatility appeals to Manchester United, who were talking about signing Pulisic before he joined Chelsea.

After moving to Stamford Bridge, Pulisic played in and won the Champions League final, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. He scored and was man of the match against Real Madrid away in the semi-finals of the 2021 Champions League. In the first leg, he came on as a substitute and helped Monton.

He was also man of the match against Porto in the quarter-finals – when he drew 11 fouls, the most recorded by a player in a single Champions League game over five years. With both games played in Seville, Chelsea won the first leg 2-0, and lost the second 1-0.

Pulisic also played in three FA Cup final on the losing side and a Carabao Cup final – seven finals in three seasons.

In his first season at Chelsea after moving from Dortmund at the age of 21, Pulisic scored 11 and had 10 assists in all competitions. United Jadon Sancho, who played well in pre-season but started the season itself poorly, scored five goals and made three assists in his first season after Dortmund. Jurgen Klopp has long been an admirer of the American, with whom he worked at Dortmund.

Last season was not Pulisic’s best, as he missed nine of the opening ten league games with COVID-19 and then an ankle injury, but he has returned to Chelsea’s starting XI and has only missed one game to injury since the last october

Pulisic averages a goal contribution every 159 minutes at Chelsea, although Tuchel often plays him as a wing-back. Monto has a goal contribution of every 192 minutes during the same time frame.

Pulisic’s Premier League record

appearances

76

begins

50

goals

19

Aids

8

He remained an absolutely vital player for his country and was a key figure in helping the USMNT qualify for Qatar. He has already collected 51 international appearances, scoring 21 goals.

Pulisic’s USMNT record

appearances

51

begins

40

goals

21

Aids

10

United are keen to add players to their forward line and still hope to sign a number nine, goalkeeper and midfielder before the end of the transfer window.

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