Newcastle United are going toe-to-toe with Serie A side Genoa to sign Chelsea star Christian Pulisic, according to speculation in Italy.
CalcioMercato claim that Newcastle are looking to oust Andriy Shevchenko’s new Genoa side and sign the USA international.
The former Borussia Dortmund man has struggled with injuries since coming to Stamford Bridge, but he has two goals in three Premier League games so far this season.
The 23-year-old made his first start since August in the midweek 4-0 Champions League win against Juventus.
Since joining the club for £57.6m from the German giants, Pulisic has scored 19 goals and made 14 assists from 83 appearances.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are packed with attacking talent and the constant competition and rotation of places is something that Pulisic will either have to dig in and bare, or seek regular game time elsewhere.
Would Pulisic fit in at Newcastle?
There is no denying the 23-year-old’s quality, and he would add a number of qualities to Eddie Howe’s attacking options.
Alongside Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin, Pulisic, who has 17 goals from 41 USA caps, would add pace, goals and creativity to Newcastle’s forward line.
But his injury record could be a cause for concern. In his time in London, Pulisic has already missed 42 games due to injury, according to Transfermarkt.
With his current Chelsea contract not expiring until 2024, the Blues would command a huge fee and the American would no doubt want a signifcant upgrade on his current £150,000 per week deal (Spotrac).
If Pulisic opted to leave the Champions League holders and the only two options he had were Newcastle and Genoa, then it’s probable that he would opt for the Toon’s new found riches over the Serie A side, who are also in the relegation zone.
But if Pulisic went public with his desire to leave Chelsea, a number of Europe’s top clubs would no doubt be chasing his signature.
A transfer is highly unlikely to be agreed in January, but if Howe ensures Newcastle retain our top-flight status, a blockbuster summer move could be a possibility, if Pulisic struggles to establish himself in Tuchel’s first eleven.
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