Chelsea have turned down an offer from FC Bayern Munich for Callum Hudson-Odoi, refusing the German side’s attempt to win the winger for a £ 70m deal.
Bayern want Hudson-Odoi on loan for the remainder of the season, with an option to buy for £ 70m next summer. Chelsea’s decision leaves the European champions a short time frame to decide whether to try again before the transfer window closes on Monday. It is believed that if Bayern return with a commitment to make the deal permanent next summer, Chelsea could agree to the move.
Chelsea coach Frank Lampard said he wanted to keep Hudson-Odoi after his side’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday. However, Bayern have long been interested in the 19-year-old and were about to land before signing a new five-year deal last September. The German champions are looking for more options on the flanks despite signing Leroy Sané to face Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman.
Hudson-Odoi, who has struggled to get back into top form since his Achilles tendon injury in April 2019, could make a tough decision in the next 48 hours. He has not been a regular since Lampard’s arrival at the beginning of last season and is fighting for a starting place with Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.
While Hudson-Odoi doesn’t necessarily want to leave after leaving Chelsea’s academy, he needs playing time to secure a place in the English squad at next summer’s European Championship. He started against Palace but Lampard has pushed him to work harder in training and admitted that after beating Roy Hodgson’s side there is uncertainty about his future. “There is no definitive answer,” said Lampard. “We’ll know the answer by Monday. They may have expressed their interest in which is a thing, but like I just said about the squad, whatever happens until Monday is going to be things that are good for us as a club first and foremost because Callum is our player is, and what Callum wants comes into consideration.
“It has to be right for everyone. Right now I want Callum in my squad, especially with what he did against West Brom today and in the second half. Here I am.”