Hudson-Odoi may or may not have played his 15th and final match for Chelsea last night, scoring his second career goal while being the focus of the umpteenth transfer story this month.
Before the game, he had submitted (in person!) his (written!) request to go, chatted a bit with Granovskaia, then played the game. The Mail claim the kid was “exasperated” — can you truly be “exasperated” at 18?, asks this writer twice his age — by having to do the exact thing he’s trying to leave the club to do.
Either way, now we wait how the remaining four days of the transfer window pan out. Hudson-Odoi “couldn’t” confirm nor deny anything in his post-match comments.
For their part, Bayern are still expecting to seal the deal before Thursday, and possibly even today. But now even the ever-talkative Salihamidzic could promise anything more than that yesterday.
Brazzo asked about Hudson-Odoi: "Not today. Tomorrow. If I have something to say, then tomorrow" [Sport1]— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) January 27, 2019
Other reports talk about a “complicated” deal — aren’t they all? — that will definitely go down to the wire.
Meanwhile, very little continues to make sense in Hudson-Odoi taking the drastic step of submitting a transfer request — which means he forgoes any loyalty bonuses, though the financials are probably not a big factor — especially as he actually has more chance of playing for Chelsea this season than dealing with the current logjam at Bayern. Bayern still have Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery in the team. It’s only next season that they are reportedly looking to win it all with youth — Coman, Gnabry, Davies (who just made his debut yesterday), Hudson-Odoi, says kicker, for the win!
Bayern Munich want Callum Hudson-Odoi to be their fourth winger and have no plans to buy another in the summer, according to kicker. That would make their wingers for next season: Coman, Davies, Gnabry, and Hudson-Odoi. #FCBayern #CFC— Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) January 27, 2019
In fact, with the futures of neither Pedro nor Willian (nor Hazard, unfortunately) assured at Chelsea beyond this season, if Hudson-Odoi played his cards right (better), he could be facing less competition if he stayed here than if he jumped ship to Bayern.
Oh well; his mind seems made up, though I still don’t quite get what’s the rush — he already controlled the situation by refusing to sign a new contract. Perhaps he’s aiming for the Pulisic/Davies/De Jong solution and agree an end of season transfer in the middle of the season? That might make more sense for all parties involved.