‘Were happy’: Club could have signed ‘fantastic’ Chelsea player on loan if they’d had tried earlier – Romano

Fabrizio Romano has claimed to Que Golazo that Newcastle United missed out on the signing of Christian Pulisic as they tried too late.

The United States international was keen to earn a move away from Stamford Bridge in the late stages of the transfer window.

He was even reportedly willing to extend his contract and commit his long-term future to the club if they granted his wish, with him keen to get some first team football in the run up to this winter’s World Cup.

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The winger is the United States’ best hope at a strong tournament, and will no doubt want to be in top form before it begins.

He has often saved some of his best for the international stage, with former US manager Jurgen Klinsmann describing him as ‘fantastic.’

A club which tried to grant him his wish was Newcastle, however Romano has claimed by the time they offered, Todd Boehly was no longer interested in a loan deal.

Newcastle too late for Pulisic

He said: “Strong interest from Newcastle. Newcastle were obsessed with Christian. They wanted him, but they wanted him loan, maybe with a buy option but not mandatory. This is why Chelsea decided to say no.

“At the beginning of the market, Chelsea were happy to accept these kind of deals, for example with Lukaku. But then in August, Todd Boehly changed his position and only wanted his players to leave on permanent deals. This was the case for Pulisic, Ziyech and many others.”

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There were a number of other clubs interested in signing Pulisic on either a permanent or temporary basis, however he remains at Stamford Bridge.

He will perhaps be one of the happier members of the squad that there has been a managerial change at the club, with him being far from selection under Thomas Tuchel.

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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.