Christian Pulisic finalizes £20m move from Chelsea to AC Milan, marking a fresh start after a challenging season with the Blues
AC Milan has confirmed the signing of USA international Christian Pulisic from Chelsea in a £20 million deal, marking a significant transfer for the Serie A giants.
Pulisic, who made 145 appearances for the Blues and netted 26 goals during his stint at Stamford Bridge, has signed a four-year contract with AC Milan with an option for a further year.
The 24-year-old American, whose transfer to Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund in 2019 for £57.6 million made him the most expensive North American player, played a crucial role in Chelsea's 2021 Champions League triumph over Manchester City.
However, his final season with the London club saw him fall out of favour, registering only one goal.
Reflecting on his time at Chelsea, Christian Pulisic said at his unveiling, "It was a difficult last few seasons with Chelsea. For whatever reason, I wasn't getting the opportunities I wanted."
He expressed his enthusiasm about the fresh start at AC Milan, a club he described as a "big team."
Chelsea confirmed the departure of Pulisic in an official statement, thanking him for his contributions and wishing him well.
The transfer will reunite Christian Pulisic with his former Chelsea teammate Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who also made the switch to Milan this summer.
Pulisic's move comes as part of a broader exodus from Chelsea, which has seen several high-profile departures.
Key players such as Kai Havertz, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, and Cesar Azpilicueta have all moved on to new clubs, while others like Kalidou Koulibaly, Edouard Mendy, and N'Golo Kante have taken their talents to the Saudi Pro League.
With these changes, both Chelsea and AC Milan will head into the new season with significantly altered squads, and it will be interesting to see how these transfers impact the performances of both clubs.