It is turning into another very busy summer transfer window for clubs across all of the established domestic European leagues, and Italian Serie A clubs appear to be taking full advantage of issues that English Premier League clubs have, as AC Milan have confirmed this weekend that Christian Pulisic’s move from Chelsea has now been completed.
Following all the recent speculation about the deal, there are no doubts here that AC Milan have pulled off quite a bit of a coup in securing a £20 million deal for the United States international forward, and at only 24 years of age, he has plenty left in the tank and in his career, and he will only improve further in the years to come.
His was well liked at Chelsea, particularly amongst the fans for his work ethic, and at times his desire to help the team actually counted against his own personal statistics as he now leaves them having scored only 26 times in 145 matches across all competitions, however, the opportunities created and the assists provided, speak for themselves.
There are undoubtedly Chelsea fans who would have liked him to stay, but he fell out of favour following their new owners extreme spending spree and for the price claimed, Milan have got themselves an absolute bargain here.
Given his age, and the very competitive fee paid, he is set to pay a massive part in their future with a four year contract signed, and the San Siro outfit have a further 12 month option on top of that.
Speaking after the move was finally confirmed, he explained.
“It was a difficult last few seasons with Chelsea. For whatever reason I wasn’t getting the opportunities I wanted. For me it’s a brilliant opportunity to step away, get a fresh start and play for a big team like this.”
With 60 international caps to the Pennsylvania natives name, his initial move to Chelsea back in 2019 from Borussia Dortmund made him the most expensive player in North American history – he signed for £57.6 million – and having now moved to Milan, he teams back up with former Chelsea colleague Ruben Loftus-Cheek who also made the move earlier this month.
The Stamford Bridge’s own statement on his departure was brief, but did wish him the best for his future.
“We wish Christian well and thank him for all his contributions during his time at the club.”
Having moved around a fair bit in his young career so far, it should not take Pulisic long to settle into life at the club and start producing his best on the pitch again.
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