‘Am leaving for Good’ another ‘fantastic’ 24-year-old is desperate to leave Chelsea now
According to the Evening Standard, Christian Pulisic is reportedly frustrated and eager to depart from Stamford Bridge, despite claims that Mauricio Pochettino is interested in working with him.
The United States international had a challenging 2022/23 season, starting in only eight Premier League matches as Chelsea finished 12th. As a result, Pulisic has expressed his desire to seek opportunities elsewhere.
The Evening Standard suggests that Chelsea’s number 10 is no longer content in west London and is determined to leave before the transfer deadline.
These reports come in the wake of Calciomercato’s claim that Pochettino holds a favorable view of Pulisic and was hoping to collaborate with him at Chelsea.
Pulisic, once praised as “fantastic” by Jürgen Klopp, joins Mason Mount in his desire to depart from Stamford Bridge. Mount, too, has shown no intention of signing a new contract with Chelsea, and there is strong interest in him from Manchester United.
Chelsea is prepared to make necessary sacrifices in their squad overhaul, recognizing that losses may be incurred. The Mirror reports that the club is willing to accept £34 million for Romelu Lukaku, who was acquired for £97.5 million in 2021. Furthermore, L’Equipe states that Chelsea is open to accepting a mere £17 million for Pulisic, resulting in a £41 million loss compared to the £58 million they spent to sign him from Borussia Dortmund in January 2019.
While these losses are substantial, it would be unrealistic for Chelsea to expect to recoup the full amounts paid for Lukaku and Pulisic given their recent poor form. However, it is imperative for Chelsea to address the situation and avoid keeping discontented players at Stamford Bridge. Thus, it seems necessary for the club to cut their losses on certain fringe options.