In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, former United States star forward Landon Donovan talks about Christian Pulisic’s potential at Chelsea, Steve Clarke could become Fulham’s next permanent manager and AC Milan are considering whether they should sign Tiemoue Bakayoko on a permanent deal.
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Donovan tips Pulisic for Chelsea success
Former United States international star forward Landon Donovan feels that Christian Pulisic will face a strong challenge in proving he belongs at Chelsea but still tips his young compatriot to be a success at Stamford Bridge.
In an interview with ESPN, Donovan shared his thoughts about the 20-year-old, who will be joining the Blues this summer after the end of his loan spell at Borussia Dortmund.
‘I just hope that he gets a fair opportunity to play,’ said Donovan of Pulisic, who became the youngest player to captain the US team during a friendly against Italy last November.
‘You just never know. When you're playing in America, for a club in America, you get the benefit of the doubt. But when you're playing somewhere else, they don't care if you're from America or Ghana or Argentina, they are going to play who they think should play.
‘So, he's got to prove he belongs there, which I'm hoping and guessing he will do, but it's going to be difficult. That's a club that's full of quality attacking players.’
Donovan expressed some concern that Pulisic is not getting as much playing time at Borussia Dortmund this season although he is confident that the youngster can bounce back from what has been a frustrating season.
‘I understand the situation at Dortmund now - they are not going to play a player who is leaving in six months,’ he added.
‘The beauty of the situation with Christian is that he, by all accounts and from what I have seen, has a really good head on his shoulders, likes to compete and is oozing with talent.’
Clarke linked with permanent Fulham job
Scott Parker will be in charge of Fulham when Chelsea visit Craven Cottage this weekend but another former Blues player is already being tipped for the full-time position at the west London club.
According to the Daily Star, Steve Clarke is high on their list of potential replacements for Claudio Ranieri, who was replaced by Parker on Thursday after a run of results which has left Fulham deep in relegation trouble.
Clarke, who played 421 games for Chelsea and was later the club’s assistant manager, has been tipped for the job after a successful spell at Scottish side Kilmarnock, who are currently fourth in the Scottish Premiership.
The 55-year-old has also managed West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League and he was a target for the Cottagers in 2015 but decided to remain as manager of Reading at that time.
Clarke’s family still live in England and if he does take charge of Fulham, it will continue a strong managerial link with Chelsea after former Blues boss Ranieri replaced Slavisa Jokanovic and was in turn replaced by Parker, who both played under the Italian at Stamford Bridge.
Milan mulling over Bakayoko pursuit
Calcio Mercato reports that AC Milan are keen to sign Tiemoue Bakayoko on a permanent basis from Chelsea but could find it difficult to meet the full cost of his buy-out clause.
According to the report, Milan have a €35m option to buy the French midfielder, who started slowly at the Italian club but has impressed under Gennaro Gattuso with a series of consistent and solid performances for the Rossoneri, who have not lost any of their last 11 games in Serie A and the Copa Italia since Christmas.
Signing Bakayoko under the original terms of a supposed deal between Milan and Chelsea could cause the Italian club some problems because of financial fair play regulations.
However, with Milan currently fourth in Serie A and in contention for a spot in the Champions League, they could be keen to complete the deal as they look to strengthen their squad for next season.