After four mixed years with Chelsea, Christian Pulisic is leaving the Premier League to sign for Serie A club AC Milan. Milan, who reached the Champions League semifinals last season, will pay a reported €22 million for the 24-year-old.
Born in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Pulisic left the United States at the age of 16 to join Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. He made his Bundesliga debut in 2016, scoring twice in his debut season. Pulisic would go on to make 127 appearances for Borussia Dortmund before making a massive €64 million move to Chelsea, making him the most expensive American of all time.
Between injuries, coaching changes, and competition, Pulisic struggled to settle in with Chelsea, but he still had some fine moments for the club. In his debut season he scored nine goals and assisted six, and he scored the opener in the FA Cup final against Arsenal — before suffering a hamstring injury.
The following year, he played a big role as Chelsea won the Champions League, scoring the opener in the semifinals against Real Madrid. In the second leg, he assisted Chelsea’s second goal to clinch the win. With Chelsea, Pulisic won the Champions League, Super Cup, and Club World Cup.
Pulisic’s main contributions have come with the national team. He debuted for the Stars and Stripes at the age of 17 and quickly became the face of American soccer, frequently captaining the side and scoring important goals — including the winner against Iran to help the US advance to the knockouts in the 2022 World Cup.
Pulisic has made 60 appearances for the national team, scoring 25 goals. He has twice won the Nations League, and will be the key figure for the US when they play the 2026 World Cup at home.
Milan reached the Champions League semifinals last year, but struggled at times with their offense. The Serie A club is also losing Brahim Díaz, who will now compete at Real Madrid with Arda Güler, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who retired after a lengthy and successful career.
Pulisic will likely play across from Portuguese playmaker Rafael Leão, who recently extended his contract with the club. The pacy duo will cause problems for defenders across Europe next season.