Thursday's soccer news starts with Christian Pulisic's eventual move to Chelsea. Borussia Dortmund announced that they've transferred Pulisic for over $70m dollars to the Premier League club, but Pulisic will stay with them on loan through the end of the Bundesliga season. That's a major caveat for a deal of this size, giving pundits and fans plenty of time to pick apart the move.
"It was always Christian's big dream to play in the Premier League," Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said. "That certainly has to do with Christian's American background, and as a result we were unable to extend his contract. Against this background, we've decided to accept an extremely lucrative bid by Chelsea."
What that means for Pulisic once the Bundesliga returns from winter break is the same scenario we've been watching through the first half of the season. Dortmund coach Lucien Favre seems to think it's either Pulisic or England international Jadon Sancho in his starting lineup, with Sancho getting the nod. Given the transfer figure now associated with Pulisic, that might look ridiculous in the new year. Favre is in a tough situation from the outside, using a $70m dollar player as a super sub. For their part, Chelsea seems convinced of their valuation.
"We are delighted to have signed one of Europe’s most sought-after young players," Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said in the club statement announcing the deal. "Christian has shown his quality during a fantastic spell in Germany and at just 20, we believe he has the potential to become an important Chelsea player for many years to come. We look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge in the summer and wish him and Dortmund every success for the remainder of the season."
ESPN's Jeff Carlisle with Pulisic moving on and shouldering significant expectations. The Athletic's Joseph Lowery looks at how Chelsea might use Pulisic. Soccer America's Paul Kennedy sees upside for all involved in the Pulisic deal. Fussball Stadt's Chris Williams on the Pulisic transfer from Borussia Dortmund's perspective. Slate's Ryan O'Hanlon with what Pulisic has done at Dortmund. The Washington Post's Steven Goff with the big picture from the Pulisic deal.
Moving to the soccer scores, DeAndre Yedlin's Newcastle United lost 2-0 at home to Manchester United. Newcastle fell behind in the 64th with Manchester United scoring again in the 80th minute. 6th-place Manchester United has now won four games in a row under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Newcastle is 15th in the table.
Danny Williams wasn't in the squad for Huddersfield Town's 2-1 home loss to Burnley. Steve Mounie put Burnley up in the 33rd minute with Burnley equalizing in the 40th. Huddersfield went a man down a minute later with a red card to Christopher Schindler. Burnley scored again in the 74th, going a man down in the 90th minute. Emerson Hyndman wasn't involved in Bournemouth's 3-3 home draw with Watford. Trailing by two goals from the 27th, Nathan Ake pulled a goal back in the 34th with Callum Wilson equalizing in the 37th. Bournemouth fell behind a minute later with Ryan Fraser equalizing in the 40th.
Also in the soccer news, Perhaps Chinese Super League clubs aren't scaling back the spending after all, with Goal's Bruno Andrade reporting on Guangzhou Evergrande's interest in Barcelona's Malcom. Inside World Football's Andrew Warshaw with FIFA president Gianni Infantino once again talking about expanding the 2022 World Cup.
The Guardian's Paul Wilson explains the issues with the FA Cup. The Canadian Press on Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko leaving for the Columbus Crew.
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