Reports surfaced this morning that Borussia Dortmund is willing to sell American starlet Christian Pulisic this summer with The Daily Mail claiming that Dortmund are looking to cash in on the 19 year-old attacker for a fee of £65m.
After a standout season with Dortmund, the teenager has attracted the attention of Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Liverpool. Bayern Munich are looking for a natural replacement for their aging wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. Bayern have a habit of snatching up the brightest young talents in the Bundesliga, most recently beating out Liverpool for the signature of midfielder Leon Goretzka.
The links to Madrid and Chelsea seem more dubious, both from a player and club perspective. Madrid have a Ronaldo sized hole in their team, but it would be a huge ask to have Pulisic fill it. Chelsea standout Eden Hazard is linked with a move away seemingly every summer, and with the turmoil Chelsea are in this year, it would make sense that the London side are looking for a replacement.
The links to Liverpool make a lot of sense on multiple fronts, even if the source isn’t a very good one. Jürgen Klopp was Dortmund’s manager when Pulisic left the states at 16 to join the German side. It’s been reported previously that Klopp had an eye for American youngster while at Dortmund, even giving Pulisic his debut while there.
After the transfer saga with Nabil Fekir ended in a failed medical, Liverpool could still be looking to add one more top level attacker this summer. While not as polished as Fekir, Pulisic checks a lot of the same boxes as Fekir. His best positions are on either flank, playing off the wing and cutting in. But Pulisic also plays a hybrid attacking midfielder for his national team.
Obviously, there’s a huge attraction to signing possibly the biggest American star in decades for Liverpool’s ownership group. Not only would Pulisic be seen as an investment on the field, but he’d also be a marketing asset for a team looking to capture the rising American market.