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Christian Pulisic is still on track to sign a lucrative contract with Chelsea despite uncertainty surrounding the midfielder’s future at Bayern Munich

Christian Pulisic has been the subject of reports in recent days, but it appears he may be staying with Chelsea.

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Christian Pulisic, a star for the United States national team, has been linked to a loan move to Manchester United, per Andy Mitten, but he may not be leaving, according to our partners at Sky in Germany.

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The report claims that Chelsea has informed Pulisic that he is not likely to leave, that Manchester United has not made an offer, and that no swap deals will take place.

According to The Daily Mail, Chelsea has inquired about using Pulisic in a swap deal for Manchester United’s Harry Maguire. Man United, however, appear intent on acquiring Antony to bolster their attack, so that outcome seems unlikely. The Athletic reports that Newcastle United have shown interest in the 23-year-old in recent days.

According to the report out of Newcastle, Pulisic is one of several forward options the club is considering signing before the end of the summer transfer window on September 1. Along with Armando Broja, Conor Gallagher, and Callum Hudson-Odoi, they have inquired as to whether or not he is available on loan.

The Daily Mail has also reported that Newcastle is legitimately interested, but that the Magpies will have to fend off loan interest from Atletico Madrid and Serie A pairs Juventus and AC Milan, all of whom can offer Champions League football.

Must the United States winger continue playing?

Christian Pulisic has seen limited action as a substitute for Chelsea in their first three Premier League games this season. He entered the game in the 64th minute of their 5-0 loss at Leeds and did not start. The Guardian previously reported that Thomas Tuchel “doesn’t trust” Pulisic, so this comes as no surprise.

The USMNT star has said he is content to stay at Chelsea and compete for a starting role, but with Raheem Sterling as Chelsea’s big-money arrival in attack, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz ahead of him in the pecking order, and possibly Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Anthony Gordon arriving at Stamford Bridge as well, it appears Pulisic’s minutes could diminish drastically this season.

Now would be a good time for Pulisic to move on, but Chelsea appears intent on keeping him as a good backup option, and he could end up starting if Sterling, Mount, and Havertz continue to underwhelm. The question is, what is he supposed to do?

Would it be a good fit for the USMNT star to play for Newcastle?

By making this switch, Pulisic would get the one thing every athlete craves: playing time.

According to The Telegraph, Newcastle has made an inquiry about Pulisic, and club officials reportedly watched Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday with an eye toward making a deal for one of the Blues’ bench players.

Eddie Howe’s aggressive approach to the game necessitates focusing a great deal of attention on Newcastle’s wingers so that they can quickly transition into the attack on the counter. This is great news for Pulisic, who has never felt at home in Thomas Tuchel’s 3-4-2-1 formation at Chelsea, which favors wingers who can cut inside.

To earn playing time, Pulisic would have to compete with Allan Saint-Maximin, Miguel Almiron, Jacob Murphy, and Matt Ritchie, but he should feel confident about starting most games. Pulisic needs more game time than just 10 or 15 minutes off the bench per game if he wants to make an impact at the World Cup in November. This is the Premier League treatment he can expect to receive at Chelsea, where he plays.

It wouldn’t be a terrible move for Pulisic to spend a year in Newcastle, as the club is on the rise and expected to contend for a top eight finish under Howe’s leadership.

Would Chelsea really allow Manchester United to borrow Pulisic?

Even if Manchester United is eager to do a loan deal for Pulisic, will Chelsea really loan a player to one of their top four rivals?

You’re making me blush. While Manchester United may not be performing like a top-six club at the moment, they are still a top-six club, making it unlikely that Chelsea would strengthen a rival.

This swap deal might work out for everyone involved if Chelsea is serious about acquiring Harry Maguire. Maguire is a good player, but he is having serious confidence issues at United. Erik ten Hag could easily trade him and replace him with an attacking talent who could revitalize his scoring unit.

If that were to happen, Pulisic’s speed on the counter would be a huge asset for United, but would he be a good fit for Erik ten Hag’s possession-based system? Probably not, and he doesn’t appear to be leaving Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s continued presence to have an effect on the USMNT?

In the long run, he will have to figure things out, and it appears that he will stay at Chelsea, which could have an effect on the USMNT’s performance at the World Cup if he doesn’t get many minutes.

The situation can be viewed from two perspectives: One of two things will happen: 1) he will not play much and will be rested for Qatar, or 2) he will be rusty.

Given his history of injuries, Pulisic would benefit from sitting on the bench for Chelsea for a few months. Even though he and USMNT fans won’t like it, it might be to the team’s advantage if Gregg Berhalter is rested and eager to prove his critics (ahem, Thomas Tuchel) wrong in Qatar.

Now that teams are reportedly interested, it all comes down to whether or not he wants to make the move, whether Chelsea wants to keep him as a good backup option, and whether or not other teams will try to sneak in.

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Christian Pulisic will remain with Chelsea, according to a report from NBCSports.com.