Chelsea have completed the £57.6m signing of Christian Pulisic but agreed to loan him back to Borussia Dortmund upto the end of the season.
Pulisic had only 18 months left to run on his Dortmund contract, and club sporting director Michael Zorc explained they could not turn down such a good offer given the circumstances.
"It was always Christian's dream to play in the Premier League. 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."
The 20year-old United States international becomes the second most expensive outfield player in Chelsea's history, after Alvaro Morata.
"In summer of 2019, I move on to Chelsea and to a new competition, the English Premier League," said Pulisic, who has scored 15 goals in 114 games for Dortmund since breaking into the first team during the 2015/16 season.
"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.
"[I'm] looking forward to working with Maurizio Sarri and his technical team. But for six months, it's all BVB!
"Please do not doubt my passion, determination and my 110 per cent commitment to the team right until the last ball is kicked this season."
Pulisic made his Bundesliga debut, aged 17, in January 2016, and two months later won his first USA cap.He has played 81 games in the German top flight and 20 in the Champions League.
"We are delighted to have signed one of Europe's most sought-after young players," Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said in a statement. "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."
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