Chelsea have reportedly tabled a lucrative £70,000-a-week contract offer for Callum Hudson-Odoi amid constant links with Bayern Munich.
According to Daily Mirror, there have been some staggering developments over Callum-Hudson Odoi’s transfer saga, with Chelsea making a last-ditch effort to keep hold of the English whizkid. It is believed that the Blues have tabled a £70,000-a-week contract offer for the 18-year-old, whose move to Bayern Munich seemed imminent, a few weeks ago.
In fact, Bayern Munich were also believed to be willing to match Chelsea’s asking price of £35 million, which would have made him the third most expensive signing in the club’s history. But, it seems as if the Blues are now keen to keep hold of the player as they brace themselves for the potential departure of Eden Hazard next summer.
The Belgian international is heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid – a transfer that could seriously damage Chelsea’s attacking potency despite the addition of Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic, who will arrive at Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Hazard’s potential departure is only one part of the story, with Chelsea also lacking depth in the attacking department this season itself. And, with ageing wingers like Willian and Pedro unlikely to serve well in the long-term, the addition of another reliable winger could be imperative.
Hudson-Odoi, in that regard, would appear as an appealing option for head coach Maurizio Sarri even though the Italian mastermind has been reluctant to give the 18-year-old a chance to make a breakthrough in Chelsea’s starting lineup, with the player still yet to make a single start in the Premier League this season.
The Chelsea whizkid is still regarded as one of England’s most promising youngsters and has shown incredible promise in youth football. And, despite the fact that he has mustered just over 500 minutes of competitive football with the Blues, his pace and dynamism combined with his exposure of playing on English soil would arguably make him a great fit in the Chelsea first-team, despite Bayern’s interest.
As for the player himself, there is a substantial amount of risk associated with his stay at Stamford Bridge given Chelsea’s lack of dexterity when it comes to nurturing young talents. And, considering how English players have excelled in the Bundesliga in recent years, a move to Bundesliga makes much more sense for the 18-year-old.