Chelsea rejected a bid worth potentially upwards of £70m from Bayern Munich yesterday for Callum Hudson-Odoi and apparently we’re more than happy to keep saying no.
Bayern’s opening offer was easy to knock back of course — a loan with an option to buy at the end — but even if they return with a more lucrative second bid this weekend (either in terms of fee or structure), we will reject it.
According to the Athletic, Chelsea are “united on the matter”, both Lampard and the Board, and Hudson-Odoi is willing to play ball as well. He’s said to be “aware” of the situation but is not expected to push for an exit anytime soon. He is, after all, in just year two of a five-year contract signed last summer, though such things are hardly written in stone.
Lampard has finally clocked on to part where his less than definitive answers to this question also kept fueling the rumors, and in addition to addressing the situation in the post-match press conference, he also went on talkSport yesterday to remedy that problem. That may not make much difference ultimately, but it’s still nice to hear.
“I didn’t start him with a political view on it. I started him because I wanted him to give us natural width. At the minute we know we’re missing Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech, who are probably the most natural wingers in our team along with Callum.
“I wasn’t thinking about that and I don’t know anything about those rumours to be fair.”
-Frank Lampard; source: talkSport
Chelsea aren’t selling, Callum isn’t leaving, so at this point hopefully the best Bayern can do is waste everyone’s time and test everyone’s sanity.