Jose Mourinho’s sacking at Manchester United might be amusing to many Chelsea fans. What might be less funny, depending on your perspective, is the implications of his departure on the prospect of signing Christian Pulisic.
Chelsea are very interested in signing Pulisic. His dribbling, pace and ability to press from the right wing appeals to Maurizio Sarri. Liverpool are also keen to sign him but Mourinho’s sacking is a game changer.
As long as the Portuguese remained in charge, any young attacking player would be reluctant to join United given Mourinho’s defensive style and consistent failure to promote youngsters. Attacking managers such as Jurgen Klopp and Sarri are more attractive for players like Pulisic who want to express themselves.
Now, he may feel that he can do that under the new United manager, whoever that may be. This, combined with the fact that Pulisic is a lifelong fan of the Red Devils, may make United favourites to sign him.
Moreover, United’s American owners focus on commercial success rather than succeeding on the field. Pulisic is incredibly popular and marketable in the United States, a massive growing football market.
The Glazers would love to sign him for commercial reasons.
If United move ahead in the race to sign Pulisic, the Blues will have to focus on other right wingers. This may actually be for the best. Nicolas Pepe at Lille is an incredible talent and he would be cheaper. He is just one of numerous other options out there who, if they signed, could show that missing out on the young superstar would be a blessing in disguise.