Why Borussia Dortmund must not allow Christian Pulisic join Bayern Munich
Nine goals in 20 international matches are not statistics one normally associates with a player not yet aged 20. American wonder-kid, Christian Pulisic is a player in demand amongst European football's elite sides, as his reputation continues to grow with each passing week.
Signed by Dortmund in 2015, it took just a hatful of appearances for the youth sides before the American was promoted by then boss, Thomas Tuchel; who was clearly impressed with the young man's footballing ability. In just 15 matches for the academy teams, Pulisic registered 10 goals, while tacking on eight assists.
The young attacker has been exceptional for the German outfit, but like all players, he may feel that the grass is greener elsewhere, perhaps choosing to leave Signal Iduna Park. Bayern Munich and Chelsea have been linked to the player who is reportedly valued at around £40.50m via Transfermarkt, but if the German giants decide to sell Pulisic, they must not let him go to domestic rivals, Bayern.
Munich has been dominating the German top-flight for years, and bringing in a potentially world-class talent would only further add to their wealth of attacking options. One thing that the giants from Bavaria do extremely well is buying players from their domestic rivals. Not only do they strengthen themselves, they also weaken opponents.
The club from North Rhine-Westphalia especially has been major victims when it comes to these transfers. Top footballers like Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels have switched Dortmund for Munich, in doing so, the gap between Germany's top two sides has only widened.
By denying Bayern an extremely good player would halt an unwanted trend from Dortmund's standpoint, while also sending out a clear message; Munich cannot have it all their own way all the time. Pulisic is amongst the best young players in the world and will likely leave Dortmund sooner rather than later. When that time comes, they must sell him to a team outside the Bundesliga.
Just like the Pierre-Emerick and Ousmane Dembele sales, Pulisic must be sold to foreign club. It means that these players can’t come back to haunt Dortmund in the bread and butter that is their domestic games. Plus, with all the money in the Premier League, it may make sense to send him to England, particularly from a financial point of view.
Pulisic is a player that has the potential to reach the very top. He looks grounded, while also being a willing learner. He is perhaps the biggest player ever to come from America, but he must keep improving. He doesn’t need to leave this summer and going to Bayern won’t guarantee him regular playing time that his talent deserves at this stage in his career. Time is certainly on his side, so the attacker should be in no rush to depart Dortmund.
Personally, I see Chelsea as a great fit for Pulisic in the long-run. At some point in time, the Stamford Bridge side are going to need a long-term replacement for Eden Hazard. This would be an ideal scenario for Dortmund as they'll get a hefty transfer fee while keeping their star player away from Bayern Munich's reach...