Monday January 21st 2019

Toby Yates – UCFB Sports Business & Broadcasting student.

Interest from German giants Bayern Munich in Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has just become palpable following reports from Sky Sports claiming he’s set to reject a new contract.

Chelsea are set to offer Hudson-Odoi an improved bolstered contract amid transfer speculation thought to be in the region of £85,000 per week, making him one of the highest paid teenagers in world football.

German champions Bayern have launched a series of bids for the talented youngster, with their fourth bid of £35m matching the valuation set by Chelsea.

U-17 World Cup winner Hudson-Odoi is keen on a move away from Stamford Bridge, with Bayern his preferred destination, since first team opportunities are notoriously scarce at Chelsea – who have a measly 41 players out on loan currently.

Hudson-Odoi will favour a move to Germany presumably due to the first team chances available to young players in the Bundesliga; which has already seen Jadon Sancho join Borussia Dortmund on a permanent deal and Reiss Nelson join TSG 1889 Hoffenheim on loan respectively.

Both have enjoyed positive experiences so far, with Sancho excelling performance predictions and earning himself an England call up. Hudson-Odoi has played with both Sancho and Nelson in the England youth set up and would have asked for advice on his situation, as well as his club team mates.

Chelsea’s hot prospect was influential in their FA Cup victory against Nottingham Forest earlier this month collecting two assists in an impactful performance during a period where Chelsea have struggled to score goals. Many Chelsea fans have regularly called for his inclusion in the match day squad and his FA Cup performance reinforced their frustration.

With just over a week until the transfer window slams shut, Bayern will be hoping to tie up the deal soon. Chelsea, however, are under pressure to either facilitate the transfer or offer Hudson-Odoi sufficient assurances and wages to persuade the future England star to stay put.