Journalist Raphael Honigstein claims that Liverpool had given up on signing Christian Pulisic “quite a while ago” after Borussia Dortmund’s refusal to sell
The USA forward has completed a €64m transfer to Chelsea today and will spend the rest of this season on loan at current club Borussia Dortmund.
Pulisic had been linked with a number of high-profile moves and recently expressed his gratitude to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who he briefly played under at Dortmund.
Now Honigstein claims that the Reds had attempted to sign Pulisic, but eventually decided against continuing due to the money involved.
He also adds that Manchester United were interested in the 20-year-old.
“Liverpool were definitely in for him a couple of years ago, they pushed quite hard to get him and at that time Dortmund said ‘no chance, you are staying’,” Honigstein told Sky Sports.
“I think it became quite obvious that if he were to go he would command a really big transfer fee and at that point I think Liverpool looked at it and decided that ‘right now it is not what we need, not for that kind of money’.
“It is my understanding they pulled out of negotiations quite a while ago so it is not a case of him deciding between Liverpool and Chelsea or him deciding between Chelsea and Manchester United who also showed some interest earlier this season.
“But Chelsea were the one club really prepared to put an offer both to him and to Dortmund to make this happen and I think he felt he had to take it.”