Christian Pulisic has emerged as Chelsea's top transfer target – but the Stamford Bridge side fear missing out in January due to Borussia Dortmund's asking price.
The Bundesliga leaders are demanding a fee in the region of £70million for the USA international.
Getty – Contributor2 Christian Pulisic has been attracting interest from Chelsea
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This valuation has dissuaded other potential suitors including Liverpool.
However, the high asking price may encourage other potential suitors to wait for his contract to run down further before making a move.
Pulisic, 20, has 18 months left on his current contract, but has fallen down the pecking order at Westfalenstadion this season.
This has generated plenty of interest in his services and he is wanted by a host of Premier League sides.
Getty Images – Getty2 The Blues see Pulisic as an ideal replacement should Eden Hazard leave the club
English starlet Jadon Sancho has been preferred in recent weeks for the Germans, who lead the Bundesliga by four points.
Sancho's emergence as a first team player has forced Pulisic to settle for a place on the bench.
This has limited the Pennsylvania-born attacker to just 10 appearances and one goal so far this season.
Chelsea are keen to sign Pulisic as a potential replacement for Eden Hazard, who has attracted heavy interest from Real Madrid and also has 18 months left on his contract.
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Since making his debut aged 17 in 2016, Pulisic has gone on to appear 107 times and score 15 goals in all competitions for Dortmund.
He also starred for the USA in their 3-0 defeat to England in November, and has become an essential part of the international set-up.
To date, he has amassed 23 international caps and scored nine goals in the two-and-a-half years since his senior debut.