Christian Pulisic has been at the forefront of headlines in recent days after reports emerged that he is now the subject of interest from a number of Premier League clubs.

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Christian Pulisic has been at the forefront of headlines in recent days after reports emerged that he is now the subject of interest from a number of Premier League clubs.

The Chelsea star has had a difficult couple of seasons in west London. Although he’s shown several moments of promise, he’s often been plagued with injury issues or suffered from obvious inconsistency in his performances.

Whilst he may be hoping to finally get things right under Graham Potter, with just over 18 months to go on his contract, the club face a tricky decision this coming January.

Christian Pulisic has been at the forefront of headlines in recent days after reports emerged that he is now the subject of interest from a number of Premier League clubs.

The Chelsea star has had a difficult couple of seasons in west London. Although he’s shown several moments of promise, he’s often been plagued with injury issues or suffered from obvious inconsistency in his performances.

Whilst he may be hoping to finally get things right under Graham Potter, with just over 18 months to go on his contract, the club face a tricky decision this coming January.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at all the latest news linking him with a move away from Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal’s secret weapon

Arsenal could have a secret weapon up their sleeve in the race to sign Pulisic. That’s because Matt Turner, the Gunners’ second-choice goalkeeper, has been away with the USA star at the World Cup.

Turner has previously admitted that the two get on well off the pitch. So, perhaps he has put in a word behind the scenes.

Yeah, I’m good friends with Christian Pulisic so obviously he’s at Chelsea,” he said after completing his transfer to the Gunners in the summer. “And I’m tight with Brenden Aaronson as well who just signed up with Leeds.

“That’s a little further away I know, so Antonee Robinson at Fulham and Christian Pulisic at Chelsea, I’m hoping that I’ll get to spend some time with them and create those relationships off the field as well. I have a cousin who lives in London and obviously some of my friends from Uni back in the day still live in and around London. Which is nice.”

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Kroenke’s wish

Stan and Josh Kroenke can take their Arsenal transfer strategy to another level in January after reports linked Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic with a move to the Emirates Stadium.

The American businessmen have been looking to create deeper connections between their sporting franchises in order to share information across their network that will allow Arsenal to expand scouting operations in North America.

MLS duo Turner and Auston Trusty completed moves to the club in the summer, with the latter joining from Kroenke Sports and Entertainment-owned Colorado Rapids. Most recently, Orlando City’s Facundo Torres has emerged as another US-based player to attract attention from the Gunners, with talks reportedly taking place over a potential move.

Pulisic’s links is more proof of their plan coming into fruition.

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Chelsea and Boehly’s stance

Todd Boehly and Co. are considering whether it makes sense to cash in on the 24-year-old with time left on his deal or let his contract run into its final year.

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Arsenal, Man Utd and Newcastle interested

As a result of Christian Pulisic’s World Cup performances for the USA so far, Premier League clubs have been alerted to his potential January availability. As per the Daily Mail, Manchester United and Newcastle enquired about the American’s availability in August and, along with league leaders Arsenal.

Declan Rice move

Arsenal have been linked with a move for West Ham and England international midfielder Declan Rice in the future, with his future uncertain. According to Matt Law on the London Is Blue podcast, the Hammers are willing to sell the 23-year-old for roughly £70million in the summer.

While he has primarily been rumoured with a return to Chelsea, there are said to be two Premier League clubs ahead of the Blues in the race.

Arsenal are among a number of teams that could be “tempted” into making a move for Spain starlet Nico Williams after his impressive World Cup cameos. 20-year-old Williams, brother of Ghana international striker Inaki, appears to have caught the attention of many sides.

A piece from Goal Espana claims that the youngsters has a release clause set at €50m in his Athletic Bilbao contract, with the Gunners grouped alongside the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and PSG as interested parties.

Arsenal transfer target Cody Gakpo has insisted that hearing rumours linking him with a big move is “nice to hear” but has reiterated his focus on the World Cup with the Netherlands. He told reporters while on international duty: “I focus now on the World Cup but it’s always nice to hear such rumours. I just try to focus here and do my best.

“I’m not surprised, I know what I’m capable of but it’s always a challenge to reach your highest level possible and I think I’m not near yet. I can improve in a lot of things.”

After a rather quiet weekend from an Arsenal point of view at the 2022 World Cup, the penultimate round of group game fixtures on Monday featured plenty of involvement.

football.london have been keeping tabs on how the tournament has started for the Gunners’ stars and will continue to do so throughout their time in Qatar as manager Mikel Arteta will be hopeful his players return unscathed when the Premier League season resumes on Boxing Day.

Across the four fixtures yesterday, there was a chance for almost half of Arsenal’s contingent in Qatar to feature, thus providing supporters with plenty to get their teeth stuck into as the chances of a key first-team player returning shortly lessened whilst another World Cup debut could be delayed.

Thomas Partey’s Ghana secured a huge result by beating South Korea 3-2 to keep their hopes of qualifying for the knockout phase alive. Another positive result against Uruguay on Friday is likely to result in the Arsenal midfielder’s stay in Qatar being extended by at least another few days.

Prior to Brazil vs Switzerland, Granit Xhaka made it clear to Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli that club allegiances were on hold for 90 minutes: “We were joking before the World Cup to come here and of course, it is always good if you have team-mates opposite you, but we are professional footballers and for 90 minutes,” he said.

“I told Gabby Martinelli and Gabby Jesus if you are running one-on-one against our goalkeeper I will smash you! It doesn’t matter that we are playing in the same team. This is the Word Cup. You play for your own team, you play for your own country and you want to win.”

Ultimately, Xhaka wasn’t in a position to follow through with his warning as Martinelli was an unused substitute whilst Jesus did come off the bench in the second half and witnessed Casemiro’s stunning strike which gave Brazil the win and sealed their place in the round of 16.

Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale both took part in England’s final training session ahead of their big game against Wales. However, Ben White did not participate due to illness and now his participation is in doubt as the Three Lions look to book their place in the round of 16.

Sticking in Group B, Matt Turner is preparing for USMNT’s clash against Iran but his quotes regarding Christian Pulisic have resurfaced amid surprise links with the Chelsea winger and Arsenal: “Yeah, I’m good friends with Christian Pulisic so obviously he’s at Chelsea,” he told the club’s official website after completing his summer transfer. “And I’m tight with Brenden Aaronson as well who just signed up with Leeds.

“That’s a little further away I know, so Antonee Robinson at Fulham and Christian Pulisic at Chelsea, I’m hoping that I’ll get to spend some time with them and create those relationships off the field as well. I have a cousin who lives in London and obviously some of my friends from Uni back in the day still live in and around London. Which is nice.”

William Saliba could be in line to start for France if Didier Deschamps opts to rotate his squad against Tunisia tomorrow. As per @AdriaAlbets on Twitter, Japan have already begun preparing for Thursday’s decider against Spain, although it’s been reported that Takehiro Tomiyasu continues to train separately from the squad.

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