After reports from Germany by Sport BILD, it is now ESPN FC’s Raphael Honigstein (h/t Bavarian Football Works) who’s reinforcing the claims that Callum Hudson-Odoi is a target for Bayern Munich in their great rejuvenation of 2019 (alongside other young talents like Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz and Atlético Madrid’s Lucas Hernández).
According to ESPN FC’s Raphael @honigstein, Bayern Munich is making a real push for Kai Havertz and #ChelseaFC’s Callum Hodson-Odoi. @FCBayernUS #FCBayern https://t.co/E8U1cAdAhi— Bavarian Football Works (@BavarianFBWorks) December 21, 2018
Bayern may or may not have agreed to pay Lucas Hernández’s buyout clause already, a cool €85 million — something not completely dismissed by club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge — but up front they are still exploring their options.
Hudson-Odoi would certainly provide the “pace” and “youth” that is in demand these days, especially in Geramny where Borussia Dortmund is once again a force to be reckoned with thanks in good part to their teenage superstars like Jadon Sancho, recently in a similar situation to Hudson-Odoi at Manchester City.
The 18-year-old Hudson-Odoi has 1.5 years left on his current contract but has been reluctant to sign the extension offered due to a reative lack of playing time. At Bayern, CHO would conceivably be the one to fill Franck Ribéry’s shoes for years to come. However, Chelsea have similarly well-laid plans for the youngster, projecting him as Eden Hazard’s successor.
From a neutral point of view, it is interesting to see German clubs especially keen on winning with youth — and increasingly English youth as the top Premier League Academies churn out the talent. From a Chelsea point of view, it’s obviously quite worrying — if Bayern can give the likes of Hudson-Odoi playing time, surely we can, too?
Chelsea have had their share of world-class young players, so why haven't they been able to turn them into world-class players?https://t.co/7JTgU0i7yO— Chelsea Youth (@chelseayouth) December 20, 2018
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Hudson-Odoi’s future it turning into quite a game of tug-of-war.
Whoever has the strongest pull will win.