Chelsea confirmed that they have reached an agreement to sign Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic for a five-and-half-year deal worth to be £57.6m
The 20-year-old will stay with Bundesliga leaders Dortmund for the remainder of the 2018/19 campaign before joining up with Chelsea at the end of the season.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri had revealed that he’d have wanted a winger to join the team this January transfer window as he has a number of his forward players out injured.
Speaking ahead of the game against Southampton, Sarri said: “So I think that at the moment I don’t need another striker. Maybe another winger, because now we are in trouble with the injuries of Pedro, of Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek.
“At the moment I have no option for the wingers.”
Sarri’s woes were further compounded as Willian had to be taken off in the first-half due to injury. Despite Sarri’s request to sign a winger, Pulisic was signed but will come at the end of the season. Sarri has revealed that it wasn’t his decision to keep Pulisic with Dortmund till the end of the season.
He said: “I don’t know. As I said before I am not in charge of the market, it is difficult for me to talk about the market or the deal of Pulisic.
“Willian’s injury I think is not very serious. The doctor said it was not serious for Pedro as well. Pedro in one week can train. Of course this match was difficult as Pedro, Odoi, Giroud were out. On the bench I had one offensive player, Loftus is not at 100%, the bench wasn’t offensive so it was difficult to change the match.
“I put on Fabregas as in that moment of the match we didn’t move it like we did in the first half. It was really very difficult for me to change.”
With Willian out injured, Sarri will only be hoping that the club would have signed Pulisic for him to help out this season rather than next season.
Asked if the club will delve into the transfer market to make more signings, but Sarri revealed that it’s the club’s decision not his, and that he focuses on his football.
He said in his post-match press conference: “I don’t know, I am not in control of the market. I have to think about the pitch, improving my team and the offensive phase. We are good to build up the action, we have to improve in the last 20 metres. The club know my position, it is up to the board.”