If the braintrust of Bild are to be believed, Bayern Munich remain very much interested in young Callum Hudson-Odoi, especially as they keep coming up empty on other pursuits.
The German champions engaged in a very public chase for the 18-year-old last winter, but cooled their interest after he tore his Achilles tendon in April. Chelsea had already rejected multiple bids by then, including one worth about €40m at the end of January. The long-term injury then further decreased his chances of joining Bayern.
However, Bayern seem to be finding it difficult to sign another player who would fit the Hudson-Odoi bill. Their first option, Manchester City’s Leroy Sané, is apparently not keen on leaving the Premier League champions despite the club and/or his manager, Pep Guardiola, not making much of an effort to keep him around. The second option, RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner is meanwhile miffed that he wasn’t the first option. Another option, PSG’s Julian Draxler has recently denied having any knowledge of any sort of interest, while Lille’s Nicolas Pépé is apparently not considered good enough (LOL!). Yannick Carrasco is also mentioned, but no one seems to know what his situation actually is at Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang.
So all that leaves Hudson-Odoi on the shortlist. And since he’s yet to commit to a long-term future at Chelsea even as he enters the final year of his current contract, Bayern are once again smelling an opportunity — especially if Hudson-Odoi continues to recover well from his injury and make his return early in the new season. They even think there could be a discount from the €40m, perhaps as low as €20m, due to the expiring contract (although back in the winter Chelsea were said to be willing to run that contract down in a final desperate attempt to keep him, rather than sell for some amount of profit).
Recent reports have indicated that Hudson-Odoi could be close to signing a five-year extension with the club, but Bild claim otherwise. They do agree that even if CHO wants to go to Bayern, the appointment of Frank Lampard and Chelsea new emphasis on youth could be enough to convince the kid to stay.
As long as the long-term contract remains unsigned, Hudson-Odoi will be linked with Bayern. So, time to get it signed!