With talk of Liverpool moving for a winger in January to help cover for Sadio Mané’s Africa Cup of Nations duties, a number of English rumour mongers have quickly moved to rekindle links between the club and Borussia Dortmund’s talented youngster Christian Pulisic.
From a Liverpool perspective it makes a lot of sense. Pulisic, still just 18 years of age, has managed two goals and six assists so far for Dortmund—good for a goal involvement every 98 minutes. And he has been given far more minutes than many expected at the start of the season.
He’s a player who Jürgen Klopp brought to Germany while at Dortmund, he has exceptional upside, and he appears to be right on the edge of being able to make a major impact for a club with title aspirations today. Yet all of that will make his potential purchase far more difficult.
Dortmund, after all, aren’t likely to be in any mood to sell. And today, following on from all the rumour mongering in England, the German papers are having their say—and that say is to suggest that Dortmund will not be selling Pulisic. Not in January, and likely not in the summer, either.
Bild say that “a sale is not planned.” This despite the fact Liverpool would be willing to pay upwards of €27M to bring the talented youngster to England, Dortmund remain determined to keep hold of the young star and are loathe to sell off one of their brightest prospects.
If Klopp and Liverpool are determined, though, the English club would certainly appear to have the money to change Dortmund’s mind—having turned a transfer profit over the summer despite being given a £60M budget, the cash is there should Klopp wish to spend it.
The interest, by all accounts, is real. The only question now is whether Liverpool and Klopp value Pulisic highly enough to use their financial clout to convince Dortmund to sell, either in January or next summer.