Thursday 26 April 2018

Manchester United consider Christian Pulisic transfer this summer if Liverpool move for Borussia Dortmund playmaker

Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic is attracting plenty of interest
Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic is attracting plenty of interest

Miguel Delaney

Manchester United are willing to strongly challenge Liverpool if the Anfield club go in for Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic in the summer, as the American talent has emerged as a big target for the Old Trafford hierarchy.

While the 19-year-old attacker is obviously seen as an excellent football signing in his own right and fill a hole for Jose Mourinho’s side, an extra angle is the view that talent could well make him the USA’s first megastar in the sport, with all of the commercial value that will bring. United’s marketing side would see him as another Paul Pogba in that regard, as do many other suitors.

Liverpool are expected to make a move for Pulisic in the summer window, though, with Jurgen Klopp a huge admirer of his former club’s player.

One trump card United could hold in any negotiations is Dortmund’s interest in Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who left the club for Old Trafford in summer 2016. As reported by The Independent on Wednesday, he is also interested in a return to the Westfalenstadion but there is a difference in position on wages.

United also have an interest in Dortmund defensive midfielder Julian Weigl and Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler, but Pulisic’s potential value is seen as so high - both in terms of on-field and off-field productivity - that they would have to make a move.

Pulisic moved to Dortmund in 2016 and has been steadily progressing since, while also scoring nine goals in 20 caps for the US national team despite failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Speaking to The Independent in November, Pulisic reiterated that the most important thing for his development is to make sure that he's playing regular football.

“I am playing every week in the Bundesliga, in the Champions League, against top teams,” he says.

“When you do that every week, you are going to improve. When you play against the best players, you’re going to grow. I’m learning a lot: tactically, technically, gaining strength.”

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