Dortmund, Germany – Christian Pulisic became the most expensive American soccer player in history after completing a transfer to English club Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. Chelsea paid 64 million euros – $73 million – for the 20-year-old Pennsylvania-born winger.
The fee is easily the biggest paid for an American player, surpassing the reported 20 million euros – $22.5 million – spent by German team Wolfsburg for John Brooks in 2017. Pulisic's contract with Dortmund was due to expire at the end of next season. He will be loaned back to Dortmund for
the rest of this season.
"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 his American origins, and so it wasn't possible for us to extend his contract."
"It is a privilege to have signed for such a legendary club," Pulisic said of the London team that has won five Premier League titles since 2005.
It is the most high-profile move secured by an American outfield player. Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said the club has signed "one of Europe's most sought-after young players." She continued, "at just 20, we believe he has the potential to become an important Chelsea player for many years to come."
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