According to a report by the Catalan outlet El Nacional, Barcelona are interested in signing Christian Pulisic from Chelsea as the young American weighs up a possibility to leave the club in search of regular gametime. With the enormous competition in this Chelsea side, it has been difficult for Pulisic to rack up regular minutes for the Blues and injuries haven’t been kind to him either. However, it is believed that Barcelona will not be able to afford the American star’s price tag.
Pulisic Facing Immense Competition In This Chelsea Side
Since joining Chelsea in the summer of 2019 from Borussia Dortmund, Pulisic has struggled to establish himself as a firm first-choice option in the attacking unit. Although several injuries have hampered his progress in this two-year spell, he has found it difficult to embrace a long run of games and show his true potential.
The American has scored 19 times and assisted 14 more in his Chelsea career so far in 83 appearances. It is believed that Pulisic might think of a new challenge ahead and that has alerted several top clubs in Europe including Barcelona and Liverpool. It hasn’t been easy for the young American to guarantee his spot in the Chelsea lineup week in week out with the likes of Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner all competing for a place. Chelsea’s stance on Pulisic is clear that they value the attacker for no less than €50 million and they won’t consider selling him to any Premier League rival either.
Can Tuchel Afford To Lose Him?
Thomas Tuchel has moulded Chelsea into a well-drilled squad with his 3-4-2-1 system where the two forward players behind the striker drop in between the lines to create space for the wingbacks to deliver into the danger area. When everyone is fit and ready to go, Tuchel has as many as six players in the likes of Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ross Barkley alongside Christian Pulisic to compete for only two spots in the lineup.
Pulisic provides some very rare qualities to this Chelsea side as he is an elite dribbler and is clinical most of the time when he gets near the penalty box. His chance creation ability is also remarkable as he can find a teammate from difficult positions on the pitch with ease. Losing Pulisic will be a huge blow for Chelsea as his services might be crucial for the Blues in order to compete for trophies on all fronts. To achieve their goals this season it is believed that Pulisic will play a huge role if he remains fit throughout the season.