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Report: Christian Pulisic among the Chelsea players Barcelona is eyeing moves for

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Christian Pulisic’s future at Chelsea remains unknown with Thomas Tuchel possessing several attacking players to call on, and one European club is reportedly targeting a loan move for the American star’s services.

Barcelona is eyeing Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, and Callum Hudson-Odoi for loan moves to the Camp Nou, Spanish outlet Sport reported Saturday. New Barcelona manager Xavi has already acquired former teammate Dani Alves in his early days on the job and Pulisic could be on his wishlist during the January Transfer Window.

Pulisic has missed most of the current English Premier League season with Chelsea due to an ankle injury suffered on U.S. men’s national team duty in September’s World Cup Qualifying schedule. The 23-year-old only recently returned to action with Chelsea over the past two weeks, before scoring the winning goal for Gregg Berhalter’s side in Friday’s 2-0 win against Mexico.

Pulisic is coming off an up-and-down season with Chelsea in 2020-21, seeing a more frequent role under Tuchel than former manager Frank Lampard. The Pennsylvania native has contributed 18 goals and 14 assists in 81 combined appearances for the Blues since his move from Borussia Dortmund in 2019, winning the UEFA Champions League last season.

Barcelona’s best chance of acquiring Pulisic in January is likely through a loan spell due to the club’s financial situation. The La Liga club sits ninth in the league table and has won its last two UCL matches after losing to Bayern Munich and Benfica by respective 3-0 scorelines.

The interest in Pulisic appears more a case of Barcelona creating a wish list of potential transfer bargains, and Chelsea’s current overflow of talent makes the Blues an appealing target for Barcelona to try and shop for potential bargains.

A Pulisic move to Barcelona would mean joining USMNT teammate Sergiño Dest, who appears to be part of Xavi’s plans despite earlier reports suggesting Barcelona might sell the former Ajax fullback to help offset some of the team’s financial troubles.

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  1. First of all, Pulisic has to have a long run of uninjured games.

    He has to prove he can do that otherwise no one is going to want him.

    If he has a long run where he can prove he’s over his injury history and can stay on the field then he can go wherever he wants or stay at Chelsea.

    Prove your health/durability first. Then everything else will follow.

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  2. Best case is he stay with Chelsea, gain some stability with physical ailments and let his talent win out. Think he’d see the field a ton and do quite well there if he stayed healthy. That said- Barcelona won’t be down long- the style of play and the league suit CP and would be easier on his body. It could be worse. Plenty of players have left Chelsea and went on to have absolute world class careers. Certainly- Salah & De Bruyne aren’t bad players to model.

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  3. Although Tuchel has other attacking options Pulisic has contributed Chelsea’s offense. Would Tuchel or Chelsea be willing to let go of Pulisic?

    Given Pulisic’s injuries would Chelsea look at this move as a means to get Pulisic off their books, say a loan with an option to buy?

    What is best for Pulisic, compete for playing time at Chelsea or Barcelona?

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    • That’s not Barcelona’s problem. They had to sell Messi and Griezman because of La Liga accounting rules not because the club was in actual financial trouble. I’m not sure it would be a good move or not but he’d be able to cash a check.

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  4. Give this one a “meh”. Pulisic deserves better, if he’s going to Camp Nou I’d vastly prefer it be a permanent situation and Barca is not in financial shape to offer that. He’d also be facing a lot of culture shock and would have to learn a new language and acclimate, all things that would likely affect his production…and would likely mean his loan move would probably be a waste.
    Where he’s at is working, and when healthy he’s shown he’s too good for Chelsea to keep off the field for long.

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