Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic likely to stay at club amid frantic end to transfer window

Christian Pulisic is increasingly likely to remain at Chelsea as the club are reluctant to approve a move for the US international amid a hectic end to the transfer window, sources have told ESPN.

Head coach Thomas Tuchel is desperate for attacking reinforcements ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline and talks with Barcelona about striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continue.

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Chelsea are also hoping to sign England Under-21 winger Anthony Gordon but Everton have rejected at least two offers from Tuchel’s side.

The club’s success in bolstering their options over the next three days will have an impact on Pulisic.

On Tuesday, Callum Hudson-Odoi left Chelsea to join Bayer Leverkusen on loan until the end of the season, while Hakim Ziyech is also in talks to leave while Ajax are hoping to secure a deal.

The west London side have the option to recall Hudson-Odoi in January as part of the 21-year-old winger’s loan deal.

With Tuchel concerned about numbers in attacking zones following the departures of Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku to RB Leipzig and Inter Milan respectively – the latter on loan – Chelsea are unwilling to let Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech and Pulisic all go in the same window there unless they sign at least two new players this week.

ESPN reported earlier this month that Pulisic will hold talks with the club over his future.

A source with knowledge of the result told ESPN that Pulisic was informed he would be mainly used as a striker but could break into the first-team at any given opportunity.

Pulisic isn’t actively trying to force a departure but would be open to a departure if an offer came along – Manchester United made inquiries about the 23-year-old before agreeing a €100m deal for Antony, while Newcastle and Juventus have joined Among others are interested clubs – but Chelsea don’t want to let themselves down if they don’t make any signings in the next 72 hours.

There remains a small possibility that Pulisic could leave – he is said to have signaled his willingness to extend his contract, which runs until 2024 – but Chelsea would need to make a breakthrough in negotiations with Aubameyang and Gordon or quickly switch to other targets.

They are expected to announce the signing of Leicester City centre-back Wesley Fofana before Thursday’s deadline for a fee in the region of £75million.

Pulisic has played just 76 minutes in Chelsea’s four Premier League games so far this season and is keen to be a regular player to ensure he is in the best shape for the World Cup finals in Qatar from November.

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Emma Bowman

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