By Tom Bodell, Football Whispers
Borussia Dortmund forward Christian Pulisic has become the most expensive US player in history after joining Chelsea for an initial $73million – but will remain on loan with BVB until the end of the current season.
Pulisic eclipses the $19million VfL Wolfsburg paid to sign US Men's National Team defender John Brooks from Hertha Berlin in July 2017.
The 20-year-old, who was born in Hershey, PA, has made 115 first-team appearances for BVB, scoring 15 times while supplying 24 assists for the current Bundesliga leaders.
"It was always Christian's dream to play in the Premier League," BVB sporting director Michael Zorc told the club's website. "That certainly has to do with his American background and, as a result, we were unable to extend his contract.
"Against this background, we have decided to accept an extremely lucrative bid by Chelsea, given the low contract maturity."
"Christian Pulisic is a character perfect player," Zorc continued. "I am sure that in the coming months he will do everything in his power to bring his high quality to the team and to achieve his sporting goals with his team-mates at Borussia Dortmund. "
Pulisic, who has scored nine times for the USA in 23 appearances, would have been out of contract with Dortmund next summer and able to leave for nothing.
Speaking to Chelsea's club website following his switch, he said: "In the summer I move on to Chelsea and to a new competition, the English Premier League.
"It’s a privilege to have signed for such a legendary club and I look forward to working hard towards being a contributor to their team of world-class players."
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: "We are delighted to have signed one of Europe’s most sought-after young players. Christian has shown his quality during a fantastic spell in Germany and at just 20, we believe he has the potential to become an important Chelsea player for many years to come.
"We look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge in the summer and wish him and Dortmund every success for the remainder of the season."