Christian Pulisic's future at Dortmund may be cloudier than we thought.
The 17-year-old American has been frequently linked away from the club recently, and now Bild claim that Stoke City have made a €20 million transfer bid for Pulisic.
This news is being broken by Bild's physical newspaper, so an article is not online yet. But it's being picked up by a bunch of credible Dortmund people on Twitter.
It's certainly a realistic move. The average Premier League team has more money than the average Bundesliga team, so a fee of this size isn't out of the ordinary for Stoke anymore. They've made numerous big signings over the past couple years including Xherdan Shaqiri and Giannelli Imbula.
There hadn't been many rumors over the Summer about a departure for Pulisic until lately. BVB's spending spree has more than reinforced the front-line. Andre Schurrle, Emre Mor, Ousmane Dembele and others stand in between Christian and the first team.
He's about to turn 18, so it's understandable that Pulisic would want more playing time. He's shown that he can play, and score, at the Bundesliga-level. I was of the school-of-thought that there would still be time for him to see the pitch this season, but the player himself may not share those views.
The Bild article also reportedly states that CSKA Moscow and RB Leipzig are interested in Pulisic. Pulisic had been linked with a move to RBL just yesterday.
Pulisic's play for Dortmund, and inclusion in the USA's Copa America squad, has clearly turned the heads of the clubs of Europe. He's a player with great potential who is already starting to fulfill it at such a young age. Plus, he's American. The marketing potential of a player, who could possibly be one of the greatest American players of all time, is significant.
The American prodigy made 9 appearances in the Bundesliga last year, starting 4 games, and scoring 2 goals. Those are impressive numbers for a 17-year-old.
He even just scored yesterday in the team's last preseason friendly. Surely if he were on the way out he wouldn't have featured, so I'm not sold on this Bild story.
But if a transfer does happen, I think I speak for all BVB fans when I say that I hope it would be a loan and not a permanent move. This kid can be something special, and I hope he's able to showcase that at the Westfalenstadion.