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Premier League title-chasers Liverpool and Chelsea are both considering making a move for Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic this summer.
USA international Pulisic, 20, has not been a regular starter this season as Dortmund have stormed to the top of the Bundesliga, with Jadon Sancho providing him with competition for his place.
He is under contract with the German side until 2020, but has so far refused to open talks on extending his deal. This has led to speculation that he could be sold next summer, rather than risk losing him on a free the year after.
Pulisic has been linked with several Premier League clubs, including Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. The Express say that Chelsea have shown most interested in signing him. Liverpool had an £11 million bid for him knocked back in 2016, but are thought to still be interested.
He has expressed a desire to play in the Premier League. “England, the Premier League, is a league where lots of kids dream of playing so there is no reason why maybe one day I won’t play there.”
However, he added that he is happy in Germany at the moment. “As you can see we are having a great year at Dortmund and I am enjoying every moment of that.
“Then when the times comes for me to talk in the breaks about my future, then that’s when those things happen.”
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Tottenham Hotspur are planning to splash £35 million on Caligari midfielder Nicolo Barella – dubbed ‘the new Steven Gerrard’ in January, according to reports.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino make look to enter the transfer market after midfielder Moussa Dembele suffered what appears to be a long-term injury against Wolves last weekend. Following a summer where the no signings were made, his squad is starting to look threadbare. Barella could be the man to slot in, according to The Sun.
Barella has been a stand-out player in a Cagliari side struggling in Serie A, and the 21-year-old has recently broken through into the Italian national side, winning 2 caps so far. He has been compared to Gerrard for his all-action box-to-box style. In 99 appearances for Cagliari, he has scored 7 goals.
It is thought Cagliari bosses are looking for a bid in excess of £30 million for the player, which is well within Spurs’ financial scope.
However, they are likely to face competition for his signature. While Italian champions Juventus are believed to have dropped out of the race, Liverpool are thought to be interested – although they too have gone quiet, having signed Naby Keita and Fabinho in the summer.
While Barella himself has said he is happy at Cagliari, he has also expressed his admiration for the Premier League. Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport recently, he said: “If I had to choose between Serie A and the Premier League, I’d go for England, because I like the way they approach the game.
“Plus everyone there is just as irritable and prone to fouls as me!”