Chelsea Secure Christian Pulisic

Soccer Players celebrate a goal

Chelsea have announced the signing of USA captain Christian Pulisic in a £57.6m transfer, with the midfielder set to spend the second half of the season on loan at Borussia Dortmund.

The German club agreed to the transfer provided they could loan him back for the second half of the Bundesliga campaign, and the 20-year-old will also play his part in the Champions League as Dortmund prepare to face Tottenham in the last 16 of Europe's top club competition.

Pulisic, who was handed the captain's armband by USA in 2018, has made 18 appearances in all competitions this season, netting three goals and providing four assists in the process.

Commenting on the deal, Dortmund director Michael Zorc admitted the club had no other choice but to accept Chelsea's lucrative offer, as the player was entering the final 18 months of his contract.

"It was always Christian's dream to play in the Premier League," Zorc explained.

"That certainly has to do with his American background, and as a result we were unable to extend his contract.

"Against this background, we have decided to accept an extremely lucrative bid by Chelsea, given the low contract maturity."

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