Chelsea latest news: Why Christian Pulisic signed for Chelsea now instead of summer

Chelsea became the first of the Premier League’s top six to flex their financial muscles in the January transfer window on Wednesday by announcing the signing of Christian Pulisic The USA international, 20, joins from Borussia Dortmund on a £58million deal and has immediately been loaned back to the Bundesliga club The forward will link up with Maurizio Sarri’s side in the summer.It begs the question: why did Chelsea act now and not wait until the summer and possibly get the highly-rated youngster slightly cheaper? According to The Telegraph , there are three reasons Firstly, the Blues wanted to avoid a summer auction.Chelsea know that Manchester United will be heavily active in the next transfer window under a new manager and that Tottenham, also linked, will have the lure of a new stadium However, neither club are currently in a position to make marquee signings.Secondly, Pulisic’s move will happen now regardless if Chelsea are handed a transfer ban by FIFA The world football governing body have been looking into a number of the Blues’ signings Thirdly, by bringing in Pulisic now Chelsea have ensured they have an Eden Hazard replacement at the ready – just in case he seals a summer move to Real Madrid The Belgium star’s contract runs out in 2020 and La Liga giants have been heavily linked Following the announcement, Pulsic himself revealed: “In summer of 2019, I move on to Chelsea and to a new competition, the English Premier League “It’s a privilege to have signed for such a legendary club and I look forward to working hard towards being a contributor to their team of world class players “Look forward to working with Maurizio Sarri and his technical team.”.Get Chelsea latest news updates directly to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribing

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