Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund for a five-and-half-year contract, with the Blues reportedly paying about £57.5m for the 20-year-old.
Upon signing for the club, Pulisic said: “In summer I move on to Chelsea and to a new competition, the English Premier League. 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.”
Although Chelsea fans are excited with the new signing made by the club, the Blues fans believe this is a sign that Eden Hazard will leave the club for Real Madrid during the summer.
Madrid have been interested in Hazard for two years, and the Belgian who has refused to sign a new contract will have one year left of his deal at the end of the season. Chelsea fans believe the club are now preparing for life without Hazard by signing Pulisic.
Another man that could be unhappy with this signing is 18-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi. The teenager is a buzzing sensation from the Chelsea academy but has failed to break into the first team, and the signing of Pulisic might spell further doom for the young English talent.
Hudson-Odoi has only started once in the Community Shield and twice in the Europa League but is yet to start a Premier League game under Maurizio Sarri. His only appearance in the Premier League this season was as a first half substitute for Pedro against Watford on Boxing Day.
Hudson-Odoi has also refused to sign a new contract with the club, and reports are strong that Bayern Munich are interested in the Chelsea youngster.
German journalist Raphael Honigstein has revealed that Hudson-Odoi has a cult following in the Bundesliga and the interest from Bayern Munich is real.
“It’s not a sudden interest,” Honigstein told Sky Sports. “He’s had a cult following among Bundesliga supremos for quite a while. There’s been a lot of clubs interested in him, and he’s made so much progress.
“His stock has risen to the point where he’s gone from Borussia Monchengladbach to Dortmund, to right at the top now where Bayern are interested in him.”
Honigstein also admitted it’s worrying that Chelsea don’t rate Hudson-Odoi as they should.
He said: “It reflects a little bit worryingly for [Maurizio] Sarri and for Chelsea that they don’t rate him as highly as some of the other clubs showing interest do, but he is seen as a really hot commodity.
“German clubs see the 17 to 19-year-olds who cannot get into the first team at big clubs in England, and they feel these are guys who are ready to play in any team anywhere.
“How the Premier League works – the reluctance of many managers to play these youngsters and the reluctance of clubs to give one of their rivals one of these players – has led to a growth in Bundesliga interest.”