American starlet Pulisic is on the radar of Prem clubs who want the Bundesliga youngster in January
CHRISTIAN PULISIC has long been on the radar of Premier League clubs.
And the 18-year-old starlet could yet be the subject of interest from Liverpool and Arsenal this transfer window, as his club Borussia Dortmund look to keep hold of the latest starlet to emerge from their academy.
Who wants to buy him?
Liverpool are definitely interested.
Arsenal have been linked with a move too.
We know Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to raid former club Dortmund for the 18-year-old as he had an £11million bid rejected in August.
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Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is thought to be an admirer of Pulisic’s talents, which would not have gone unnoticed with the Frenchman keeping tabs on Dortmund team-mate Marco Reus.
How much would he cost?
Way more than £11million.
The longer than he stays at Dortmund, the higher his value will skyrocket.
He has made 18 outings for the Bundesliga giants this term and will have caught the eye of scouts from all the European giants.
When asked whether Pulisic might be available at the £30m mark, Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc said: “It’s not worth the effort for Liverpool.”
But a concrete offer around that price would likely prove hard for Dortmund to refuse.
What position does he play and what are his attributes?
He typically plays in the No. 10 role or as a left-winger.
Pulisic has bags of pace and trickery, being superbly confident in possession and able to change direction quickly with the ball.
While not the tallest at just 5-foot-8-inches, he still manages to hold his own with a low centre of gravity.
His mental toughness marks him out for a big future, being a confident and level-headed youngster.
Does he want to move to the Premier League?
He doesn’t seem ready to jump ship just yet.
When asked about the prospect of a Premier League move, he said: “I think with soccer, you never really know what’s going to happen in your career — that’s the beauty of it.
“But right now, I’m with Dortmund and very happy.
“I’m earning my spot and working hard for that team.”
What are his links to England?
Pulisic spent a year in England aged seven and went to watch Premier League games with his Dad.
When his mother got a scholarship to teach abroad for a year, he came over with his family to stay in the village of Tackley, eight miles north of Oxford.
Pulisic started playing for one of Brackley Town’s youth teams and was taken to games at all levels by his Dad, including visits to watch Tottenham and Manchester United.
Where is he from and which country can he represent?
Pulisic was born in Hershey, Pennsylvania – famous for its ‘Hershey’s’ chocolate – in America.
He played internationally for USA at under-15 and under-17 age groups before committing his future to them, having now won 11 caps and netted three times.
Pulisic’s middle name of ‘Mate’ was passed down from his Croatian grandfather and he applied for Croatian citizenship so that he could work in Germany, due to EU rules.
Croatia tried to convince him to play for them but the youngster chose the USA instead.
How did he end up at Dortmund?
Having played with junior side Michigan Rush, Pulisic went on to play for Pennsylvania Classics, a US Soccer Development Academy.
While there, he enjoyed training stints at Barcelona, Chelsea, Porto, PSV Eindhoven and Villarreal.
He was first spotted by Dortmund at the 2013 Nike Friendlies final, moving to Germany the following summer.
Pulisic made his Dortmund debut in January 2016, going on to net his first goal for the club in a 3-0 win against Hamburg in April.
It made him the youngest non-German to score in Bundesliga history, and the fourth-youngest player to ever do so.
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