Chelsea has signed Pulisic
by ndfaninkc (2019-01-02 06:52:42)

Chelsea have signed Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund for €64 million (£57.6m, $73.1m) and have loaned the United States international back to the Bundesliga club ahead of him moving to the Premier League next summer.


Tangent
by HTownND  (2019-01-02 16:01:12)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

The Chelsea match Bingo is now complete, with the last free kick blasted into the wall by Luiz.


Is this the highest profile team to ever have an American?
by Wooderson  (2019-01-02 12:30:45)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Everton is a step below Chelsea in my book.


Deuce at Spurs
by iudomer  (2019-01-02 14:23:30)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

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Good excuse for Dempsey highlight goals in PL.
by G.K.Chesterton  (2019-01-03 13:29:48)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Tim Howard at Manchester United was huge in 2003. *
by 3rdSt  (2019-01-02 13:40:36)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Depends how much PT he will see
by spade  (2019-01-02 20:42:12)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Tim Howard never got the lion's share of starts while at Man U


It's still Tim for me.
by Porpoiseboy  (2019-01-02 18:16:59)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

But yes GK is different.


That's the one I was thinking about
by HTownND  (2019-01-02 13:46:55)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I had forgotten about Donovan's loan to BM (I think a lot of people have).


Difference between GK and outfield obviously
by ChicagoWave03  (2019-01-02 17:32:19)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

But yeah, that's still probably the biggest.


Technically Miazga already at Chelsea. *
by ChicagoWave03  (2019-01-02 13:06:12)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Pulisic to Vitesse?
by iudomer  (2019-01-02 14:54:41)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

It's gonna happen.


I don't think
by HTownND  (2019-01-02 15:53:21)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

He's going to be seen in that light, and head off the the unofficial AAA club.

I think he will go out on loan, but I suspect they are going to focus on the EPL teams for his loan.


I was joking...
by iudomer  (2019-01-02 16:48:19)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

but if you guys think he's already earmarked for a loan...


He might be next year
by HTownND  (2019-01-02 16:55:14)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Depending on who goes out the door. But I think he'll be at the Bridge permanently by 20/21


Bingo - that's why its not a great move
by Irishlawyer  (2019-01-02 15:13:30)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

He'd be better off starting for Everton.


Donovan was at Bayern *
by wcnitz  (2019-01-02 12:36:39)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


As was Julian Green (snicker) *
by ChicagoWave03  (2019-01-02 13:04:33)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


He'll play there
by wcnitz  (2019-01-02 10:47:54)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

More than he would at Liverpool, at least.

Dortmund fleeced Chelsea, though.


Chelsea should be able to monetize even modest success
by CuzTeahan  (2019-01-02 15:57:43)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

by Pulisic, with US fan interest off the charts, especially with better visibility through the NBC deal. Jerseys and potential fan growth for the club will have great upside for Chelsea.

When I saw City versus Dortmund in the preseason at Soldier Field, I was surprised both by the number of Dortmund fans and the percentage of those fans who were wearing Pulisic jerseys.

Overall seems a good bet by Chelsea, even with a premium for the US player.


No doubt. And the immediate loan is genius.
by NDMike2001  (2019-01-03 11:54:48)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Nike (who already had both Chelsea and Pulisic) has several months to market this marriage before next EPL season even starts. It has started already. Surely Chelsea will take part in the International Cup with a few stops in the US where Pulisic will at least make token appearances on the pitch along with several pre/post game hype events. American sponsors will pay a premium for Chelsea events, deals, etc. They will make up the premium on the transfer fee before he ever suits up for them. That's almost certain.

And I'd have to guess that his contract will cost him less than other baggage on the books like Fabregas and Cahill.


Aging roster
by wcnitz  (2019-01-02 11:37:45)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Guys like Pedro and Willian are going to be in decline. This is probably part of a larger rebuild.


Yep
by HTownND  (2019-01-02 11:55:12)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

The forwards and wingers are due for a refresh, which hopefully includes guys like Hudson Odoi, etc.

I suspect Pedro will be leaving sooner rather than later, and I don't suspect that Willian will like Chelsea's one year policy for 30 year olds, and will move along shortly as well. His current deal runs out after next season, so he may be a candidate to be sold this summer.


Is Chelsea parting ways with players currently on the books?
by mitquinn  (2019-01-02 11:15:27)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I don't see how he will be a regular starter for the season with their current line up.

Sure, he'll feature in cup games etc.


Real Madrid's Eden Hazard! *
by ChicagoWave03  (2019-01-02 11:36:25)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Yep
by HTownND  (2019-01-02 11:55:30)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

It seems more and more likely with each passing day.


That sucks
by mitquinn  (2019-01-02 10:41:27)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

was hoping he would land with a club that could provide him backing and a clear direction for him.

Glad he made it to a top club though.


What are the highest American transfer fees? *
by DakotaDomer  (2019-01-02 08:48:52)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Brooks was the highest at 22m...
by iudomer  (2019-01-02 09:07:38)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

from Herta Berlin to Wolfsburg. NBC gonna milk this shit forever.


NBC Sports Gold might get more Chelsea games next year. 8^0
by G.K.Chesterton  (2019-01-02 13:51:02)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post