Man United eye Pulisic loan to replace Ronaldo

Manchester United are open to a loan move for Christian Pulisic, sources have told ESPN, with the United States striker expected to be allowed to leave Chelsea in the January transfer window.

United, Newcastle and Arsenal have all been alerted to Pulisic’s likely availability when the transfer window opens and sources tell ESPN the player’s representatives are interested in signing him in a £58m transfer four years after joining Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund to find a new club.

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Sources have told ESPN that United are not planning any significant moves in January, although the club’s decision to terminate Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract has meant manager Erik ten Hag needs a proven striker to sign the former Real Madrid and Juventus player substitute.

Sources have said Pulisic’s versatility on the front line has made him an attractive option for United, whose other attacking options have been hampered by injuries or inconsistencies this season.

The 24-year-old Pulisic has played every minute of the USMNT World Championship season in Qatar. Gregg Berhalter’s men head into Tuesday’s Group B game against Iran knowing that a win will secure them qualification for the Round of 16 against the Netherlands, Senegal or Ecuador.

The forward has played sporadically for Chelsea this season, starting just three Premier League games. His only 90-minute appearance for Chelsea came in the Carabao Cup defeat by Manchester City earlier this month.

United have had interest in Pulisic in the past; Chelsea had to act quickly in 2019 to fend off competition from United and Liverpool to sign him.

ESPN reported that United also asked about his availability for a loan move in August but a deal didn’t materialize.

Sources told ESPN that Pulisic’s injury woes at Chelsea have been noticed by United but he remains an interesting player in January as there are no proven loan options.

https://www.espn.com/soccer/soccer-transfers/story/4815887/man-united-consider-christian-pulisic-loan-in-january-sources Man United eye Pulisic loan to replace Ronaldo

Emma Bowman

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