Christian Pulisic has seemingly closed the door on suggestions he could be set to for a transfer away from Stamford Bridge in January, amid rumours Leeds United are leading a four-club hunt for his signature.
The USA forward has struggled for regular game-time at Chelsea and was the subject of intense speculation over the summer. That came amid his struggles to win over former boss Thomas Tuchel, with Pulisic starting just 13 Premier League games last season.
As such, Manchester United were among those reportedly considering a move to sign the USA during the summer. Those suggestions ultimately did not lead to anything, though speculation on Pulisic’s future continues to rage.
Indeed, the player has found game-time equally difficult to come by this season. Indeed, he’s managed just 178 minutes of football; clearly not enough for a player of his standing.
As a result, reports earlier this week claimed the Blues could look to cash in for a bargain fee in January. Those claims, which emerged from Calciomercato, suggested Todd Boehly was seeking a fee of around £31.5m (€35m).
Furthermore, it was suggested that four teams – led by Leeds – were reportedly looking into the possibility of a January approach.
And amid hints that new boss Graham Potter is already looking at a move for his Leandro Trossard, Pulisic’s time may well be up.
Pulisic, however, is refusing to be swayed by rumours. He insists he is determined to stay and fight for his place and the appointment of Potter gives him fresh hope.
“I’m feeling good going back, honestly. I have a fresh start now, and I’m excited to play for the new manager,” he said.
“So really just looking forward to it. I just have to prove myself, as everyone does, and as I’ve done before.”
Radrizzani urged to make Christian Pulisic transfer happen
Following the denials, it appears unlikely that Pulisic will be on the move in January.
The links with Leeds were already fanciful at best, despite Jesse Marsch previously admitting his admiration for the player.
However, one observer reckons the club’s American connection may just give the Whites a transfer chance.
As well as being coached by Marsch, Leeds also already have two American stars in their ranks in Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams.
As such, YouTuber Joe Wainman has pleaded with chairman Andrea Radrizzani to ‘make it happen’.
“For me, this one really, really, really excites me,” he told his JustJoe football show. “I can’t lie to you, I would absolutely love Christian Pulisic to come into Leeds United. It would just complete the set.
“Apparently, Juventus, former club Dortmund, Newcastle are all linked with him and probably could afford to pay more for him in terms of wages etc.
“But that American little swing could have a big thing to say. Pulisic has had a rough time at Chelsea – maybe he just wants to go and enjoy his football again.
“So, for me, if we can get that done, genuinely, I’m salivating at that. Make it happen, Radz, make it happen.”
Leeds move looks unrealistic
Truth be told, a Christian Pulisic transfer to Leeds looks most unlikely. The club only narrowly escaped relegation on the final day of last season. And while progress looks to have been made this, it looks unlikely they will be able to offer Pulisic the European football he craves.
Realistically, Pulisic is a Champions League level player. Sadly, though, he’s badly lost his way at Chelsea and may need a fresh move to kickstart his career.
As a result, the next few weeks will be crucial to see where and how Pulisic fits in with Potter’s plans.
Chelsea now have 13 games over the next 37-day period starting with Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace. That’s a crazy run of fixtures and Potter will need to carefully utilise his squad.
As a result, Pulisic will expect to feature regularly as he looks to build form and fitness ahead of the World Cup.
But failure to get that game-time he craves could force the player into a serious re-think ahead of January.
Perhaps, therefore, he may yet look to move on in the January window. However, links to the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Juventus, who will both still hope to be in the Champions League come the new year, will surely hold more sway.