‘He can shine at Chelsea… he is the perfect player for Maurizio Sarri’

Pulisic’s move to Chelsea was confirmed on Wednesday but he will be loaned back to the German club for the remainder of the season.

Chelsea will pay £58million for the United States international, who has scored three goals in all competitions so far this term.


Honigsteun is a big fan of the American, who has made 115 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund, scoring 15 goals plus 24 assists since making his senior debut in 2016.

And he thinks he will slot right in at Stamford Bridge playing the Sarri Ball style.

“Pulisic has an unbelievable technical ability. He does everything right when it comes to controlling the ball, being in a position to retrieve, being in a position to move it on,” Honigstein told the Transfer Talk podcast.

“He does all these things really well. I think he will benefit – and this is my personal view – from a system that is a little bit slower than Dortmund at the moment.

“I think that’s where Chelsea and Sarri come in. Put him in a possession team, a team that circulates the ball, and I think he’s actually the perfect player – maybe a better player than Jadon Sancho, who is more direct and explosive.

“I really believe Pulisic has a lot of potential and with the right coaching, the right system and right players around him, he can do it.

“Is he an Eden Hazard replacement right now? No.

“Is he an Ousmane Dembele right now? No – but he can become a real top class player.

Pulisic’s contract with Dortmund was due to expire in 18 months.

“It was always Christian’s dream to play in the Premier League,” Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc told the club’s official website.

“That certainly has to do with his American background and as a result we were unable to extend his contract. Because of this, we have decided to accept an extremely lucrative bid by Chelsea, given the low contract security.”


1 Paul Pogba, Juventus to Manchester United, 2016, £89m

2= Romelu Lukaku, Everton to Manchester United, 2017, £75m

2= Virgil Van Dijk, Southampton to Liverpool, 2018, £75m

4 Kepa Arrizabalaga, Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea, 2018, £72.1m

5 Riyad Mahrez, Leicester to Manchester City, 2018, £60m

6 Angel Di Maria, Real Madrid to Manchester United, 2014, £59.7m

7 Alvaro Morata, Real Madrid to Chelsea, 2017, £58m

8 Christian Pulisic, Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea, 2019, £57.7m

9 Aymeric Laporte, Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City, 2018, £57m

10 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal, 2018, £56m