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Report: Spurs place $58 million bid for U.S. star Christian Pulisic


Christian Pulisic’s stock has risen exponentially over the last two seasons in Germany, and with a number of Premier League clubs waiting in the wings to swoop up the American star it seems like only a matter of time until he moves to England.

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With English giants like Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United having expressed interest in the 19-year-old, Kicker is reporting that Tottenham Hotspur have emerged as another interested party.

The latest report suggests Spurs have placed a bid of roughly $58 million for the U.S. Men’s National Team and Borussia Dortmund attacker.

The Sun has also reported Tottenham’s interest in Pulisic, as the club looks to find depth in the attacking midfield.

Pulisic is currently under contract at Dortmund until June 2020, leaving him with two years left on his remaining deal.

With a young nucleus that includes England stars like Harry Kane and Dele Alli, as well Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min, Pulisic would likely have a strong opportunity for squad minutes under manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine manager has shown a willingness throughout his tenure of affording young players time on the pitch, which bodes well for a budding star like Pulisic.

Spurs does currently boast one American player in its current squad, with defender Cameron Carter-Vickers — who spent last season on loan at Sheffield United and Ipswich Town.

One area in which Tottenham may not be at an advantage over other interested PL parties is in its ownership, which consists of English-based firm ENIC Group.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Man United all feature American ownership groups, which could play a massive role in any club that ends up signing Pulisic if he is in fact to depart Dortmund in the future.

Like Spurs, Chelsea would also be in a similar situation with its owner, Roman Abramovich, hailing from Russia.

Pulisic was recently named to the shortlist for Europe’s Golden Boy award, which is handed down annually to the top young player in the game under the age of 21.

Four Americans on Bundesliga’s “Wonderkids XI” for 2018-19

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Aaaaallllllllllllllllright, Bundesliga, we get it, and we like you, too.

The German top flight’s web site released its Wonderkid XI on Tuesday, and it’s littered with American blood.

And it’s not just Christian Pulisic playing four forward positions.

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Yep, along with the American BVB star (19), France’s Benjamin Pavard (22), and Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey (20) of Jamaica are three others Yanks.

Weston McKennie (19) isn’t a surprise given his fine debut for Schalke, but Hertha Berlin youngster Jonathan Klinsmann (21) topping the ranks of young backstops is interesting even with his surname.

Then there’s Werder Bremen teen Josh Sargent (18), who sits atop the league’s 4-2-3-1 formation and is the youngest player on the list. He was born in 2000. I’m going to crawl into a hole with my grey patch of hair. Cheers.

Also on the list: Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule (22, Germany), RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano (19, France), Wolfsburg’s Gian-Luca Itter (19, Germany), Stuttgart’s Santiago Ascacíbar (21, Argentina), and Kai Havertz (19, Bayer Leverkusen).

Arena says there’s no reason for Pulisic to leave Dortmund

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Christian Pulisic has been the subject of transfer talks for some time now after becoming an instant star at Borussia Dortmund, but one of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s former coaches says it might be wise for him to stay put; at least for now.

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Former USMNT boss Bruce Arena spoke about Pulisic, who has had rumors of moves to Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United surrounding him recently.

Arena cited consistent playing time as the main reason why Pulisic may want to consider holding off on a transfer for now.

“I think Christian is in a great place. Dortmund has a very good reputation for developing players.

“In his couple years there with the first team, he’s done very well. Hopefully, he can continue to do that, be consistent at the club level, and if he does that, he’s going to be a real plus for the national team program.

“Any move Christian makes in the future, it’s important he goes to a club where he plays on a regular basis. There’s no point in him leaving Dortmund and going to a club where he doesn’t get the kind of minutes he needs to continue to develop.”

Pulisic has spent three seasons at Dortmund, scoring 12 goals in all competitions during that span.

Eight years on: Who starts for the USMNT at 2026 World Cup?


Imagine the year is 2026. The U.S. Men’s National Team is in the World Cup final. This is all hypothetical of course. But, who starts?

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Wednesday’s vote to hand the United bid (Canada, Mexico and the United States) the World Cup has those in North America jubilant.

It may not take the sting out of the USMNT’s failure to reach Russia this summer, but it does give those that support the Stars and Stripes hope for the future.

Pro Soccer Talk takes a quick look at who could potentially start for the U.S. in 2026, with a number of bright, young stars aligning for the Yanks.


Zack Steffen has quickly become one of the top goalkeepers in Major League Soccer at the age of 23, and there’s no reason to believe he won’t have moved on to a top-tier European side by 2026. He could face some competition from other youngsters like Ethan Horvath or Jonathan Klinsmann, but things are shaping up for him to be the starter in net for many years to come.

Defensively, this is going to be a very strong unit, not to mention athletic. Matt Miazga and Erik Palmer-Brown could form a partnership for the next decade in the center of defense between the former’s size and the latter’s pace. Out wide, a pair of players playing in England and Spain, respectively, with Antonee Robinson and Shaq Moore will give the Americans two quality two-way players that can both defend and help in the attack.

It’s weird to think about life after Michael Bradley, but the U.S. has two studs in the midfield that will quickly change the perception of the nation. Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie will hold down the fort in front of the back four, with Adams being the wildcard because he simply doesn’t stop running. Ever.

Christian Pulisic will have already gone to Real Madrid and Barcelona and become a Champions League winner by this point. (Yes, maybe a bit too lofty on the expectations, but this is my dream.) Anyway, he’s a given. Andrew Carleton hasn’t gotten consistent time with Atlanta just yet due to the club’s massive amounts of attacking talent, but he’ll likely be in Europe as well by 2026. Then, PSG star Tim Weah will have the long-departed Neymar’s role of breaking down back lines and scoring 30 goals a year in Ligue 1.

Last, but not least, Josh Sargent will become the new Clint Dempsey/Jozy Altidore/Brian McBride hybrid that the U.S. has desperately needed up top. He’s fast. He’s strong. Dare we say, he’s used Werder Bremen as a stepping stone to Bayern Munich? Why not? He has star potential written all over him.

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Christian Pulisic’s father: Any current transfer rumors “hogwash”

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Christian Pulisic’s father Mark has called distinct rumors of a Premier League move for his son “hogwash.”

Pulisic played for the USMNT in Monday’s win over Bolivia, but will not be traveling to Europe with Dave Sarachan’s men. He’ll instead get a deserved break following his 42-game season with BVB (five goals, seven assists).

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Mark Pulisic says Christian is “linked with a different club every week,” and that the player will soon sit with Borussia Dortmund to discuss what’s next for the 19-year-old playmaker. From Sky Sports:

“Now is the time that the season has just ended that we’ll sit down with Dortmund, we’ll sit down with, I don’t know whether others clubs are in the mix, [and see what] Dortmund’s idea is and their plans for Christian.

“But there’s nothing concrete. Right now, Christian plays for Dortmund and that’s where he is planning on playing again next year.”

Mark Pulisic, an assistant for Bob Lilley at USL’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds, said it’s reasonable to expect his son will play for other clubs in due time.

It’s just that current rumors are garbage. And that certainly doesn’t mean he won’t finish the summer with one the teams already linked with the American phenom.

“He was linked to Tottenham. Last week it was Liverpool. The week before Man United. The week before this… it’s hogwash,” Mark Pulisic said.