Newcastle United leading race for Chelsea man Christian Pulisic


Newcastle United are reportedly looking to sign Chelsea outcast Christian Pulisic this January.

According to reports, the Magpies are ahead of Manchester United and Arsenal in the race for the American forward who is looking to leave Stamford Bridge in search of more game time.

The 24-year-old winger has struggled to hold down a place in the starting XI since signing for Chelsea. He failed to endear himself to former Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel and has also failed to convince current coach Graham Potter.

However, he enjoyed a productive time with the United States Men’s National team at the World Cup, helping his side make it out of Group B before a last-16 exit at the hands of the Netherlands.

His performance has attracted interest from some clubs in England, including Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle United.

The Red Devils were keen on bringing him to Old Trafford last summer but could not reach an agreement with Chelsea while Arsenal were reportedly looking to sign him on loan.

And now according to the Mirror, mega-rich Newcastle have joined the queue of interested clubs and are preparing to lodge a bid when the transfer window re-opens in January.

Eddie Howe’s men hope that the American winger can be the Magpies’ next ‘statement signing’ after they signed Alexander Isak, Bruno Guimaraes, and Sven Botman this year.

Although the Gunners and Man United are said to be ‘monitoring’ Pulisic’s situation, Newcastle do hold a key advantage over the Premier League duo. Erik ten Hag’s side and Mikel Arteta’s men will try to sign Pulisic on loan, unlike the Magpies, who are interested in a permanent deal.

This would definitely suit Chelsea, as they ‘prefer to sell’ the American international.

The Blues value Pulisic around £40million, despite signing him for £85m.

The Premier League side ‘hope’ Chelsea will knock the price down, as they have to compete with financial fair play rules.

However, the Mirror reports that should they fail to sign Pulisic, Eddie Howe’s side will turn his attention to Brighton’s Leandro Trossard or Leeds United’s Jack Harrison.

Newcastle are currently sitting third in the Premier League with one defeat from their opening 15 fixtures.