Newcastle United tried and failed to sign Christian Pulisic from Chelsea this summer, despite being ‘obsessed’ with the winger.
That’s according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, who has provided details on why the American didn’t make the move to St James’ Park.
Pulisic was one of many Chelsea players who Newcastle wanted to sign. Eddie Howe was also keen on Callum Hudson-Odoi, Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja.
It looked like at least one of the four would move to Tyneside given Todd Boehly’s friendship with Amanda Staveley, but that didn’t happen. In fact, only one of the four moved anywhere, with Hudson-Odoi joining Bayer Leverkusen.
As for Pulisic he has been forced to stay at Stamford Bridge. That was a blow for him, and it was disappointing for Newcastle too.
Now Romano has explained why a deal didn’t happen.
Romano on Newcastle not signing Pulisic
The journalist has commented on what happened with Pulisic, Chelsea and Newcastle on the latest episode of the Que Golazo podcast.
“Strong interest from Newcastle [in Pulisic],” he said.
“Newcastle were obsessed with Christian. They wanted him on loan, but not on a permanent deal. They wanted him on loan, maybe with a buy option, not mandatory. And this is why Chelsea decided to say no.”
Magpies miss out
It was disappointing to see Newcastle miss out on Pulisic. He could have been a transformative signing on and off the pitch.
He’s the kind of player Howe is screaming out for right now, with the Magpies seemingly lacking a lot of quality out wide. That’s why Pulisic was targeted in the summer, but a deal didn’t happen.
It’s interesting to hear Romano claim that Newcastle were ‘obsessed’ over the 24-year-old. It shows how big a fan they are of the USA international. But Chelsea’s unwillingness to loan him out stopped a deal from happening.
But if Newcastle were so obsessed, why was a permanent move not an option? Perhaps the finances involved were too much, especially after the Alexander Isak deal.
Now the Magpies will have to wait until January to sign a winger. As for Pulisic, he’ll be hoping for a fresh chance at Chelsea after Graham Potter replaced Thomas Tuchel.