By all indications, Chelsea are continuing to push hard for the signing of young American Soccer God Christian Pulisic, but are hoping to do so without losing the even younger and potentially even more talented Callum Hudson-Odoi in the process. As recent rumors have claimed, Chelsea’s plans call for Pulisic on the right (replacing at least half the Willian-Pedro combination) and Hudson-Odoi on the left (as Eden Hazard’s successor). And that would certainly be ideal.
But real life tends not to work out ideally. Hudson-Odoi appears no closer to consistent playing time (he didn’t even feature in the League Cup in midweek!) and thus no closer to signing his contract extension. With only 18 months left on his current deal, the sharks are circling, looking for a tremendous bargain. Bayern are at the top of that food chain, but apparently Juventus and Real Madrid are keeping an eye on the situation as well.
Also keeping an eye are Borussia Dortmund themselves, who may have even proposed a swap of Pulisic and Hudson-Odoi. That’s the claim from Goal’s Nizaar Kinsella, adding that Chelsea rejected the offer and will be hoping to finally convince Hudson-Odoi to sign his extension in January.
Good. But we shall have to wait and see how well these best-laid plans will actually work out...