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Juventus, Milan, Newcastle: Christian Pulisic's potential transfer destinations as USMNT star remains linked with Chelsea departure

6:07 PM WAT 07/10/2022
Christian Pulisic Chelsea 2022-23
GOAL takes a look at potential landing spots for the star winger

It's been a rough year or so for Christian Pulisic, at least on the club level.

Brought in to be one of the shining stars of Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea attack in 2019, Pulisic now finds himself fighting for his place under a third Blues manager.

Graham Potter is the man in charge these days and, if early indications are anything to go by, his stance on Pulisic is the same as his predecessors. Like Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel before him, it doesn't seem that Potter sees Pulisic as the guy.

Now, it's a bit early to make that call, given the fact that Potter has managed just two games. But, in those two games, Pulisic has played just six minutes, although he did assist Conor Gallagher's winner against Crystal Palace.

Either way, the lack of game time continues a concerning trend. In 2022, Pulisic has started just 14 of a possible 43 matches for Chelsea in all competitions.

That, naturally, has led to transfer rumors, with plenty of big clubs seemingly interested in Pulisic's services.

But who are they, and would a move make sense? GOAL takes a look.

  • Antony Manchester United 2022-23 Europa League

    Manchester United

    The big one from over the summer, but probably one that doesn't make much sense these days.

    Prior to the close of the transfer window, the big rumor was that Chelsea were willing to use Pulisic as part of a swap deal to bring in Harry Maguire, but much has changed since then. The Blues brought in Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana in defence, while Manchester United seem to have plenty of star wingers these days with Antony, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford in the squad.

    Knowing that, this one seems unlikely, as Pulisic would likely find himself in a similar situation to the one he's in at Chelsea: a small piece of a big puzzle. In short, this wouldn't change much, just shirt color.

  • Alexander Isak Newcastle 2022


    This one, though, could be fun as Pulisic could be one of the faces of a fast-rising club.

    We all know about the money Newcastle possesses, but we also know about the ambition they are showing in the transfer market. They've signed Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimares and Lucas Paqueta as well as Dutch starlet Sven Botman and Swedish international Alexander Isak. Those are all big deals, and all ones designed for Newcastle to be better in the present and the future.

    Pulisic would represent a similar signing. The winger is still just 24 and, if all goes right, nowhere near his best. He could be a centerpiece of an attack for years to come in an ideal world.

    Would Newcastle's future promise be enough to make up for say, the lack of Champions League soccer? We're unsure, but it's certainly an interesting idea.

  • Rafael Leao AC Milan 2022-23

    AC Milan

    Perhaps one of the more interesting rumored landing spots.

    Reports say Chelsea are very interested in Milans' Rafael Leao, who will certainly have no shortage of suitors going forward. According to Calcio Meracato, Milan are interested in Pulisic.

    Knowing that, Chelsea could use Pulisic as a sweetener to lower the price on Leao while giving Milan a like-for-like replacement to toss right into the starting XI. Serie A would present a different challenge than the Premier League, but there's no doubt that Milan are a club that can go toe-to-toe with Chelsea, or anyone, when it comes to history and importance.

    Plus it would allow Pulisic to link up with Sergino Dest and potentially play in front of his national team teammate, which is a thought that would make many American fans happy.

  • Weston McKennie Juventus 2022-23


    Another Serie A suitor, and another USMNT link-up.

    Pulisic has also been linked with Juventus, a club that already has one American superstar on their books: Weston McKennie. Pulisic and McKennie have been friends for years, and the two would certainly relish playing together on the club level.

    Juve is also an interesting fit, given the club's current state. The Italian giants are clearly in rebuilding mode and clearly focusing on bringing in younger, but proven, talent if possible. Signings like Dusan Vlahovic and Bremer are seeing them build toward the future, while veterans Paul Pogba and Angel DI Maria have been brought in to help keep the club near the top of Italian soccer in the short-term.

    Juventus have never been a team for pure wingers, though, so fit would be a concern, but a move to Turin certainly wouldn't be a step back for the American.

  • Jesse Marsch Leeds United 2022/23

    Leeds United

    They couldn't do it again, could they?

    Leeds United States of American is already in full force with Jesse Marsch coaching a team that includes Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson. All three have already made an impact at Elland Road, proving that their country of birth isn't the only reason they've been brought in.

    Could Leeds bring in another American star, arguably the biggest American star, to help continue to build out their team?

    It's a fun idea, and there's no doubt that Pulisic would get his chance to be "the guy" at Leeds. That thought could be tempting for a player who no doubt has a point to prove wherever he ends up.

  • Christian Pulisic Graham Potter Chelsea 2022-23


    The most likely scenario, at least for the immediate future.

    A few weeks does not determine much, and Pulisic will have plenty of time to fight for his place under Potter before making any sort of decision.

    A lot can change by January, especially knowing that there's an entire World Cup between now and then. We've never seen a winter World Cup, and we've also never seen what that means for an already-chaotic January transfer window.

    For now, though, Pulisic will just have to keep fighting for his place under Potter, who will have plenty of time to tinker and change as he learns about his players at Chelsea.