Since Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi is out for at least three months, if not twice or three times as long, thanks to a ruptured Achilles tendon, plans for his future could be changing. Whereas Bayern Munich had every intention of pursuing his signature in the summer transfer window after a mini-transfer-saga in the winter, that might no longer be the case as a result.
According to German magazine kicker (via GGFN), the Bavarian giants are now looking at Eintracht Frankfurt striker Ante Rebic as an ‘alternative’ target to Hudson-Odoi.
Bayern Munich are monitoring Eintracht Frankfurt forward Ante Rebić as an alternative to Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi https://t.co/vi3xBtMnxV— Get German Football News (@GGFN_) May 2, 2019
Rebic, who was suspended for Thrusday’s clash against Chelsea, has been one of the key players for Eintracth Frankfurt, right alongside the more coveted names of Luka Jovic and Sébastien Haller, especially after the latter was lost for the season with an abdominal strain. Rebic has notched 10 goals (matching a career high) with 6 assists from his central attacking midfield and forward positions.
The 25-year-old is highly rated by Bayern head coach Niko Kovac, who worked with Rebic at Frankfurt the previous two seasons. Bayern’s head honchos are apparently less convinced, and even if they were to agree to Rebic, that might not exclude the possibility of a new for Hudson-Odoi as well, especially after he is healthy enough to get back on the pitch. Bayern had tempted the youngster with a starring role, and that might be hard to pass up, even if Rebic does add some extra competition.
So, the recipe for Chelsea to lock down Hudson-Odoi, whose contract is still set to expire in a year, remains the same. We must offer him a proper path to stardom, regardless of who the head coach may or may not be. We must break the wheel.