Christian Pulisic is not a happy bunny.
Comments about Thomas Tuchel from his soon to be published book are very negative, and just from his body language alone over the last 6 months it’s been clear that he wants to leave Chelsea.
There did seem to be some interest in him earlier in the summer, but it petered out quite rapidly, and in the end it was Callum Hudson-Odoi from our wide options who departed.
Fabrizio Romano has some interesting insight into what happened. On his Youtube channel today he said that Newcastle were “obsessed” with Pulisic, and wanted him on loan with an option to buy.
"Newcastle were obsessed with Christian Pulisic. They wanted him, but they wanted him on loan and not on a permanent deal. They wanted him on loan, maybe with a buy option, not mandatory. And this is why Chelsea decided to say no.”
— Simon Phillips (@siphillipssport) September 21, 2022
Chelsea are eager to get rid of the USA winger, so they were only interested in a compulsory purchase option.
No wonder he’s upset. He may get another chance under Graham Potter, but competition is pretty hot, and unless he plays much better, he may well be looking at another move away next summer.