Manchester United prepared to battle Liverpool for Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic

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For the American is seen as a highly valuable asset - both in terms of on-field and off-field productivity.

He was named named the USA Men's National Team's Player of the Year by US Soccer in 2017 and in June he ruled out a move to Dortmund's deadly rivals Bayern Munich.

That makes him almost as endangered as he is dangerous, required a certain type of cosseted existence within which his gifts are protected and channeled: the football must be ultra-quick, direct, and focused on exploiting space in behind opposing backlines. He said, "I am playing every week in the Bundesliga, in the Champions League, against top teams".

Respected football journalist Raphael Honigstein told The Totally Football Podcast that he'd be very surprised if Liverpool didn't come in heavily for Pulisic in the summer.

As he breaks away from a gaggle of Borussia Dortmund players flooding out of a post-dinner team meeting, Christian Pulisic looks almost a little embarrassed by the prospect of being put under the spotlight.

It was with the arrival of Eto'o that the concept of a proper Big Two truly began to coalesce in Spain in the mid-noughties.

The 19-year-old star is by far the most talented player to come from USA. "I think if we do that and build on what we already have, we can really create something". The U.S. failed to qualify for the World Cup, ending a streak of seven straight appearances. Manchester United are willing to battle Liverpool over the American, with the Red Devils also looking to utilize Pulisic's huge marketing potential. Dortmund are certainly braced for more forceful attempts to lure Pulisic to the Premier League next summer.

The Premier League big boys feel Pulisic is the perfect signing in a commercial sense, as well as landing a world-class talent.

His emergence as arguably the best-ever U.S. player will see him outgrow the confines in northwest Germany some time in his early 20s, at the latest.

When you're 19 years old, you want the world at your feet, not its weight on your shoulders.