Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have been dealt a huge blow as Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that Christian Pulisic has joined Chelsea.
The Bundesliga side announced that the USA international has completed a move to Stamford Bridge for a fee of £58m.
However, the 20-year-old will not join up with Chelsea until the end of the season, as he will spend the remainder of the campaign on loan at Dortmund.
A statement on BVB’s official site reads: ‘The transfer fee to be paid by Chelsea for Pulisic, whose BVB contract would have expired at the end of next season, is 64 million euros. A rental fee for the coming half year is not due for BVB.
“It was always Christian’s dream to play in the Premier League. That certainly has to do with his American background, and as a result we were unable to extend his contract, “says BVB sporting director Michael Zorc. He emphasizes, “Against this background, we have decided to accept an extremely lucrative bid by Chelsea, given the low contract maturity.
“Christian Pulisic,” Zorc continues, “is a character perfect player. I am sure that in the coming months he will do everything in his power to bring his high quality to the team and to achieve his sporting goals with his team-mates Borussia Dortmund. ”
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia told the club’s official website: “We look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge in the summer and wish him and Dortmund every success for the remainder of the season.
“We are delighted to have signed one of Europe’s most sought-after young players.
“Christian has shown his quality during a fantastic spell in Germany and at just 20, we believe he has the potential to become an important Chelsea player for many years to come.”
Pulisic will become Chelsea’s third most-expensive signing in their history after the £71million deal for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and £60million they spent on striker Alvaro Morata.
“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,” said Pulisic.
Pulisic’s arrival could spark fresh fears over the future of star man Eden Hazard as he continues to mull over his long-term future at Chelsea amid interest from LaLiga heavyweights Real Madrid.