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Chelsea lose another valued asset as insider confirms £17m man forced through move to Euro giants

Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Chelsea, form a defensive wall during Premier League game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park

Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has confirmed Christian Pulisic will move to AC Milan after pushing to move there, as Chelsea have accepted the terms of the transfer.

The Blues have been busy on both sides of the transfer market this summer. That follows a pattern of major pieces of business being done over the past couple of transfer windows.

Indeed, in last season’s two windows, the Stamford Bridge outfit’s spend was north of £500million, with few outgoings.

The financial balance can’t have been great, and to allow for more signings this summer, they’ve had to start shipping players out.

Chelsea have so far confirmed six players have left the club. Some are somewhat surprising exits; both fan favourites and players who have hardly played have left.

Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Kalidou Koulibaly and Edouard Mendy have all been sold, while Cesar Azpilicueta and N’Golo Kante have left on free transfers.

The Blues have also been in talks regarding moving on some of their other assets.

American winger Pulisic has been the subject of bids from two sides: AC Milan and Lyon, and while the latter reportedly sent the better offer, the forward wants to join the Italian giants.

Romano confirms Pulisic to AC Milan

That move is one that’s apparently shortly going to be confirmed, too. Indeed, transfer insider Romano has given his ‘here we go’ stamp.

The insider states a deal is ‘in place’ as Chelsea have accepted the conditions of the final bid, said to be ‘more than’ £17million with add-ons.

Previous reports stated Pulisic had dug his heels in over moving to Milan, despite a better offer from Lyon.

Romano states the winger ‘only wanted Milan’ and was ‘pushing since Monday’ to join the club.

As such, this will be the ideal move for him, and after a tough back end to his time at Stamford Bridge which saw him start just eight league games last season, he’ll be hopeful of a much more consistent role.

Chelsea lose another valued asset

While last season he wasn’t a player they really needed to call upon, given they had so many forward players, at one point in his Blues career he was certainly a valued player.

In his first season at the club, Pulisic scored nine league goals and provided six assists.

Given Chelsea have already gotten rid of a host of star players, they might find themselves struggling if they don’t consolidate for those.

Fans will certainly hope more inbound transfers are on the way, and that the players who join are as effective as the ones who are leaving have been.

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