Report: Atletico Madrid now join race to sign 'fantastic' Chelsea player, Tuchel may loan him out

Reports suggest that Atletico Madrid have now joined the race to sign Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic.

According to the Mail Online, the Spanish giants have joined Italian sides AC Miland and Juventus, as well as upcoming Premier League force Newcastle United in considering making a move for the American.

Pulisic has appeared off the bench in both of Chelsea’s Premier League fixtures this season, with Thomas Tuchel electing to start the same front three in both games.

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Raheem Sterling has impressed despite not opening his Blues account yet, with him setting up Reece James’ goal against Spurs at the weekend.

His signing was always likely to make things difficult for the 23-year-old, with the Englishman acknowledged by many to become the leader of the club’s attack for the foreseeable future.

Atletico join race for Pulisic

This has seemingly allowed Pulisic the opportunity to leave, with the Mail Online claiming the club are willing to let him leave on loan.

They have already permanently sold Timo Werner back to RB Leipzig, with him scoring in the first half of his second debut for the Bundesliga side.

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With Hakim Ziyech also widely reported to be wanting to leave this summer, the club may be encouraged to keep hold of the American in what is a big few months for his career.

He is the poster boy for the United States ahead of this winter’s World Cup, with former manager Jurgen Klinsmann describing him as “fantastic.” He will be desperate to secure enough gametime over the next few months to get him to his best ahead of the momentous occasion.

While it may look tough at this point, fixtures are about to pick up drastically when the Champions League begins, and squad depth will be key for the club to not drop away in the second half of the campaign, similar to how they did last year.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.