Revealed: Chelsea's asking price for Pulisic

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  • Updated: 27 Sep 2022 06:54 BST
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FT Desk Updated: 27 Sep 2022 06:54 BST 3 min read
Christiano Pulisic enjoyed a productive first season with Chelsea but has struggled for game time lately

Christian Pulisic and Chelsea are ready to part ways - both player and club - with Juventus the American's preferred destination. But he won't come cheap.

Pulisic joined Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund for €64.5 million in January 2019, before being loaned back to the Bundesliga outfit for the remainder of that season.

But despite being the USA's most important player, Pulisic has struggled to convince consecutive managers at Chelsea in Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel, and is yet to start more than 20 games in a Premier League season.

Now 24, the Pennsylvania native has performed in fits and spurts, with 15 goal-involvements his best Premier League return in 2019/20, but he is reportedly ready to cut his losses and reunite with best friend Weston McKennie at Juventus.

Chelsea want to recuperate a significant percentage they paid Dortmund for the attacking midfielder's services, though.

'Juventus warned'

"Pulisic still has two more years on his contract at Chelsea, who have no intention of letting him go at a discount price, despite his limited use in the last few months," reports Calcio Marcato. "Juventus have been warned that his asking price is €35m."

Juventus have made a disappointing start to the Serie A season, and sit ninth in the table with just two wins from their seven games so far. Max Allegri is under pressure, with recent Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel touted as a possible replacement.

Juve might run into trouble if they pursue both Pulisic and Tuchel, though, with the American slamming the German tactician in an excerpt from his upcoming book.

"What happened before that game was hugely disappointing for me," Pulisic wrote of Tuchel's decision to bench him against Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the 2020/21 Champions League, which the Blues ultimately won.

"l'd had a really good first-leg performance and our following match was against Fulham in the league. Tuchel told me that he was resting me for the second leg and as a result I didn't play a single minute in the Fulham game.

"Then on match day of the second semi, Tuchel tells me he's changed his mind and he's going with Kai [Havertz]. I honestly was dumbfounded and very disappointed. I thought that I'd earned a start and, most importantly, he had assured me previously I was going to start."