Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund have reached an agreement with Chelsea FC over the immediate transfer of their wing forward Christian Pulisic to the English Premier League club, but the London outfit will then loan the player back to BVB until the end of the current campaign.
The transfer fee that will be paid by Chelsea for Pulisic, whose BVB contract would have expired at the end of the season, is €64 million. BVB will not have to pay a loan fee for the six months he remains with the club.
“It was always Christian’s big dream to play in the Premier League. That certainly has to do with Christian’s American background, and as a result we were unable to extend his contract,” said BVB sporting director Michael Zorc. “Against this background, we’ve decided to accept an extremely lucrative bid by Chelsea, given the low contract maturity.”
“Christian Pulisic is a perfect player in terms of his character,” Zorc continued. “I’m sure that in the coming months he’ll do everything in his power to bring his high quality to the team and to achieve his sporting objectives with his team-mates at Borussia Dortmund.”
The USA international, who plays as a right winger, or on the left or behind a striker, 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.”
Chelsea FC director Marina Granovskaia added, “We are delighted to have signed one of Europe’s most sought-after young players. Christian has shown his quality during a fantastic spell in Germany and at just 20, we believe he has the potential to become an important Chelsea player for many years to come. We look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge in the summer and wish him and Dortmund every success for the remainder of the season.”