Reports in Germany indicate that Borussia Dortmund are ready to sell Christian Pulisic for a fee of around £50 million, with James Pearce of the opinion that he would be a ‘classy addition.’
The season isn’t even over for Liverpool and yet we have rumours galore regarding the Reds’ supposed transfer activity for the summer window.
After selling Philippe Coutinho in January, Jürgen Klopp has identified replacements, with Nabil Fekir reportedly high up on the list.
According to reports in Germany from earlier in the month, Borussia Dortmund would be open to selling 19-year-old Christian Pulisic for a fee in the region of £50 million and Liverpool ECHO reporter James Pearce would love to see him at the club.
Liverpool tried to sign Pulisic in the summer of 2016 but their £11 million bid was rejected by Dortmund because they felt he had room to improve at the club, was key to their team and knew if they waited a few years, they could cash in for more.
The sad reality for Klopp’s former club is that they are stuck in the cycle of selling their best players year on year and are struggling to break that cycle after selling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this year to Arsenal, with rumours almost perpetually surrounding their best players.
Pearce believes that with Dortmund’s open-minded stance on selling him, Pulisic would ‘fit the bill’ with regard to the type of attacker Liverpool will be targeting this summer.
Being able to play out wide and in central areas makes the American the type of player Klopp would definitely have his eye on.
As the ECHO reporter points out, Klopp will be well-acquainted with Pulisic, having been in charge at Dortmund when the winger signed in 2015. He only has two years left on his which means he won’t cost as much as he would’ve last summer.
If he doesn’t move on and enters the last year of his contract without the intention of signing new terms, he would be free to leave in 2020, meaning Dortmund would miss out on a payday.
Liverpool have also been linked with out of favour Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele, who signed for the Catalonians just last summer. Reports from France claim the Reds have made “a concrete approach” to purchase him.
Elsewhere, Nabil Fekir has also been heavily linked with a move to Merseyside but his inclusion in France’s World Cup squad will complicate matters.