Boehly’s approach to future transfers, including possible swap transactions involving Christian Pulisic, may be determined by the outcome of the World Cup.
Many Chelsea players have the same reaction at the beginning of each new season or stretch of games. It’s common to label a player’s best stretch of games as “the most crucial in their career” or “the defining moment of their future.”
Both Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic came into the 2022–23 season with a lot to show to themselves and the Chelsea fan base, making it one of the most important seasons for their growth. Because to his Champions League-winning goal and subsequent quiet off the pitch, the German now feels a certain amount of freedom. It seems like Pulisic will be the unlucky one.
Following a year-long spat with Thomas Tuchel, Pulisic was one of several free agents this past summer. The 24-year-old was stuck in London, unlike Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku.
Numerous clubs expressed interest in him, including Juventus, Manchester United, and Newcastle, but nothing ever came of it. He’s not even the valuable asset he’d have hoped to be as a loan option, and his greatest phase of his career—the next winter World Cup—is about to begin. If he can be the catalyst for the United States’ run to the World Cup finals in Qatar, it will not only boost his reputation as a player, but it may also help Chelsea sell him to other clubs.
As a preexisting superstar in his country, Pulisic will be the spotlight attraction at the World Cup, the sport’s grandest showcase. Everyone stands to gain from his potential rebirth. However, according to transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio, Chelsea might lose out if some of his earlier picks aren’t available come next summer.
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During an interview with wettfreunde, he conceded that a winger like Christian Pulisic may not find a place in the Italian market. I have my doubts about it. “I don’t believe AC Milan would buy a comparable player to the one they currently have, as they already have De Ketelaere,” he remarked.
That will be determined by the teams’ financial situations come January. Neither Milan nor Juventus have made a January decision as of yet. Juve will likely pursue a left-back due of their necessity. Assuming Di Maria decides. The club may consider adding a player of Pulisic’s calibre if Di Maria suffers more setbacks or if Chiesa’s return is not satisfactory. However, at this juncture? No.
Milan need to extend Leo’s deal as quickly as possible, therefore his contract status is the only one worth following. Leo was and still is a goal scorer for Chelsea, thus AC Milan would be smart to get him before the World Cup. They were interested in him in the latter days of August, and they will be again if he decides not to re-sign with AC Milan.
Chelsea and AC Milan have become inseparable on and off the field. They’ve recently won at home and on the road in the Champions League, but their off-field experiences have been quite the opposite. Hakim Ziyech was supposed to join the Italian champions during the summer, but his deal fell through due to structural disagreements. In addition, the Blues and Todd Boehly were unsuccessful in their pursuit of promising winger Rafael Leao.
Because of the breakdown in contract talks in Italy, Chelsea has targeted 23-year-old Leao as a summer transfer target. While he still has over two years remaining on his contract, Milan’s leverage would diminish in the last 18 months, allowing Chelsea to pounce. If Pulisic is willing to go after the World Cup, Boehly might perhaps play the swap trade card.
If it doesn’t work either, then you’ll have to make a difficult choice. Not playing Pulisic helps no one, since it increases tensions between supporters and the player and does nothing to help Graham Potter as an asset. Chelsea may have to go outside of the Premier League for a solution, which is unusual given the depth of the English league’s talent pool.
Since Antony signed late for £82 million, Manchester United may no longer be an option, and despite Newcastle’s lofty goals and increased autonomy in the transfer market, the Magpies may be less interested in signing Pulisic. A successful World Cup and a swift resolution would be ideal for all parties involved.