Manchester United considering loan move for USMNT captain Christian Pulisic

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Manchester United are considering loaning USMNT captain Christian Pulisic from their Premier League rival Chelsea, the athletic can reveal.

Newcastle United, Juventus and Atlético Madrid have all approached for the player who cost Chelsea £58m ($70m) when he signed from Borussia Dortmund in 2019.

Frustrated by his lack of starts under Thomas Tuchel, 23-year-old Pulisic wants to play more minutes for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar this winter.

The winger, who is the most expensive North American footballer of all time, is a vital player for the USMNT and will lead his country in Qatar, but struggled with regular first-team minutes at Stamford Bridge. He came off the bench in Chelsea’s first two Premier League games.

Chelsea know the player is frustrated and are willing to listen to loan offers. the athletic understands that the player would prefer Manchester United.

Tuchel has already allowed fellow strikers Timo Werner to join RB Leipzig, while Romulu Lukaku has returned to Inter Milan on loan and there is also interest in Callum Hudson-Odoi. Chelsea have bid for Everton’s Anthony Gordon.

Follow our live updates on Christian Pulisic’s potential loan.

Newcastle want Pulisic because they know he can play in three positions over the front three, both wings, as a number 10 or 8, and that versatility appeals to Manchester United, who talked about signing Pulisic before moving to Chelsea.

After moving to Stamford Bridge, Pulisic played in and won the Champions League final, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. He scored and was the man of the match against Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the 2021 Champions League. In the first leg, he came on as a substitute and assisted Mason Mount.

He was also the man of the match against Porto in the quarter-finals – when he made 11 mistakes, the most a player made in a single Champions League game in five years. With both games played in Seville, Chelsea won the first leg 2-0 and lost the second 1-0.

Pulisic also played in three FA Cup finals on the losing side and a Carabao Cup final – seven finals in three seasons.

In his first season with Chelsea, after moving from Dortmund at the age of 21, Pulisic scored 11 and provided 10 assists in all competitions. United’s Jadon Sancho, who played well in pre-season but started the season poorly, scored five goals and provided three assists in his first season after Dortmund. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has long been a admirer of the American, with whom he worked at Dortmund.

Last season was not Pulisic’s best, as he missed nine out of ten first league games with COVID-19 and then an ankle injury, but he returned to Chelsea base and has only missed one game since October last year due to injury.

Pulisic averages a goal every 159 minutes for Chelsea, despite Tuchel occasionally playing him as a fullback. Mount has a target contribution of every 192 minutes over the same time frame.

Pulisic’s Premier League record

apparitions

76

begins

50

goals

19

assists

8

Pulisic has remained an absolutely vital player for his country and was a key figure in helping the USMNT qualify for Qatar. He has already played 51 international matches and scored 21 goals.

Pulisic’s USMNT record

apparitions

51

begins

40

goals

21

assists

10

United are looking to add players to their front lines and are still hoping to sign a number nine, goalkeeper and midfielder before the end of the transfer window.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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