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Serie A giants taking a close interest Christian Pulisic to solve right winger problem

Christian Pulisic, Chelsea

Juventus are monitoring the situation of Christian Pulisic at Chelsea and could launch a January move for the USA winger, claims a report.

The Old Lady are looking for right-wing reinforcements with Juan Cuadrado and Angel Di Maria winding down their careers. Both hugely successful, the pair are now 34 and will see their contracts expire next June.

The Colombian Cuadrado, who had a spell at Chelsea, is unlikely to get a new deal, while Di Maria’s future will depend on the player. The Argentinian is understood to have a verbal agreement that he can return to his homeland next summer.

Of course a double departure will leave Max Allegri needing cover and Pulisic features on the club’s wishlist.

However, according to Tuttosport Juve are also keeping tabs on AS Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo and Wolves winger Adama Traore.

Traore could be available for free unless he extends his contract at Molinuex, But there will be competition for the 26-year-old, who was loaned to Barcelona last season.

Zaniolo, 23, is under contract until 2024 and remains “in fashion” with the Turin club.

Pulisic ‘wound-up’

Pulisic though is also a credible contender given his situation at Stamford Bridge. Under new ownership and a new manager in Graham Potter, Pulisic will be hoping for a clean slate.

Comments in his recent autobiography have revealed the rocky relationship that Pulisic had with former boss Thomas Tuchel. The USA star revealed he lost respect for the German after making a U-turn over starting him in the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old admitted to being so “wound-up” when he did come on as sub against Real that he could not focus on his game. He did though collect an assist that helped Chelsea through to the final. But he was a sub again in the showpiece final.

This season he has failed to get any starting minutes. Tuchel used him as a second-half impact sub and he was on the bench for Potter’s first game in charge against Red Bull Salzburg.

Just how those comments will go down with Potter remains to be seen. But Pulisic looks likely to have a big decision to make on his future in the next 12 months.

Newcastle interest

The former Borussia Dortmund man’s contract ends in 2024 and he will no doubt be looking for regular first-team football after seeing his career stall at Stamford Bridge.

Whether or not that will be with Potter and the Blues remains to be seen. But Newcastle are also keen on the player and could entice him in January.

Fabrizio Romano has claimed Newcastle wanted Pulisic on loan in the summer.

“Strong interest from Newcastle [in Pulisic],” he said.

“Newcastle were obsessed with Christian. They wanted him on loan, but 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.”