Chelsea star Pulisic ‘tops three-man Newcastle transfer wishlist’
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Chelsea star Christian Pulisic tops a three-man Newcastle shortlist for the January transfer window, according to reports. The Magpies will try to build on the momentum of an excellent Premier League campaign by strengthening Eddie Howe’s squad with a couple of key signings.
Newcastle will reportedly prioritise signing wingers in January and have a three-man shortlist. USA World Cup star Pulisic is allegedly top of the shopping list.
The 24-year-old has struggled for game time under successive managers at Stamford Bridge. For a brief period it seemed as though he would flourish under Frank Lampard, but neither Thomas Tuchel nor Graham Potter have utilised the former Borussia Dortmund man in quite the same way.
Chelsea would consider selling Pulisic for around £40million – a similar fee to the one they paid Dortmund in 2019. Manchester United and Arsenal are also monitoring the player’s situation but would prefer a loan, while the Blues only want a permanent departure.
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That is according to the Sunday Mirror, who claim that Saudi-backed Newcastle are prepared to spend big to help Howe’s pursuit of Champions League football. Remarkably, the Tyneside outfit are third in the Premier League after a fantastic run of form.
Pulisic will be the main target in January, but Newcastle have alternatives should they fail to land the Chelsea outcast. Leeds’ Jack Harrison has been identified, while a slightly more speculative move for Brighton attacker Leandro Trossard could be prompted.
If Newcastle do sign a new winger, they could sacrifice Howe’s former Bournemouth ace Ryan Fraser. The Scotland international has struggled for game time this season, playing just 311 minutes across eight appearances.
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Pulisic’s possible departure from Chelsea could help the Blues complete their own transfer business. Head coach Potter will hope to stamp his own mark on the squad having been appointed a week after the summer transfer window closed.
Potter initially enjoyed a positive start after replacing Thomas Tuchel in September but Chelsea’s form has since spiralled. The west Londoners failed to win any of their five Premier League matches before the World Cup break.
The Chelsea hierarchy planned to meet with Potter during the World Cup break to discuss January plans. The Boehly-Clearlake consortium could spend big in the winter window despite having accrued a near-£300m bill for their summer business.
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