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Nicol: Christian Pulisic Isn’t Going Anywhere

Pundit/former Red/curmudgeon believes the Dortmund star is staying put.

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For the past couple of season, Liverpool have been linked with Borussia Dortmund up-and-coming American teenage sensation Christian Pulisic. Indeed, they even put in a rejected bid for Pulisic in the summer of 2016, when he was a wee 17-year-old lad.

With the summer transfer window upcoming, and with £142 million burning a hole in Liverpool’s pockets, Pulisic’s name has resurfaced as a possible replacement for a former Red and pug enthusiast. Well, either Pulisic or £142 million in scratchers.

Anyway, according to yet another former Red, Steve Nicol, on ESPN, Pulisic is unlikely to make a summer move.

“I don’t think he is going to join Chelsea. I don’t think he is going anywhere,” Nicol said.

“Any of the top sides in the world would want Pulisic right now, in their squad if not the starting XI.

“I think he has made it very clear that, for now, he knows Dortmund is the place for him. That is the place he will progress the best.

“I don’t see him going anywhere.”

Now, there are several reasons to take this statement with a high degree of skepticism. First of all, Nicol’s predictive prowess is roughly on par with a broken clock. A digital one. Without batteries. Or a plug. Moreover, there is nothing about Nicol that suggests he has a special connection to the player or his current club. Or Chelsea. And only very barely Liverpool, these days.

Plus, as anyone who has managed to stomach ESPN’s “soccer” coverage, the punditry largely consists of contrarian hot takes. Basically, if Twitter had a TV show.

So, if Nicol insists that Pulisic isn’t available and isn’t going to Chelsea, Pulisic is almost certainly going to be wearing blue next season. And not just when he’s losing with the US national team.

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