Bayern Munich: Callum Hudson-Odoi rumors heat up

Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images) /

Various sources report Bayern Munich have stepped up their interest in Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi and are prepared to move for the player in January.

The winter transfer window opens in just a few days, and it’s looking increasingly likely that Bayern Munich will make a splash in the January market. Callum Hudson-Odoi has been heavily linked with a move to Bavaria in recent months and could be one player Die Roten move for over the next few weeks.

Hudson-Odoi is a player whose stock has skyrocketed this season. The 18-year-old has made a name for himself with Chelsea’s U-23 squad, but has only received limited playing time at Stamford Bridge. His current contract expires in 2020, and he reportedly isn’t convinced Chelsea is the best club for his future.

Just last week, ESPN’s Raphael Honigstein confirmed Bayern’s interest in the English youngster, reporting that the club ready to push hard for him after narrowly missing out on Jadon Sancho a year ago.

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Various reports have emerged in the last hour claiming Bayern Munich are wanting to secure a deal for the 18-year-old in the winter window. Sky Germany reports the Bavarians have submitted a €15 million offer to Chelsea, who are wanting at least €25 million.

Die Roten are willing to wait until the summer if Chelsea won’t negotiate, but they would prefer a January move. Hudson-Odoi wants the move to go through, because he is convinced of Bayern’s plan for the future and doesn’t see himself staying at Chelsea.

This move makes sense for the Bavarians, considering the player’s age and cost. If they can secure him for €15 million, it’s close to a no-brainer. At €25 million even, the move does make sense. Hudson-Odoi has pace for days and is supremely gifted on the ball. At 18-years-old, he fits the bill of the type of player Bayern are hoping to sign.

Should he join in the winter alongside Alphonso Davies, he would have six months to learn from two of the greatest wide players of the last decade in Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, while Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry would also provide excellent role models. There would be no pressure for him to make an immediate impact on the squad either, with at least four wingers ahead of him in the pecking order.

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If Bayern Munich can secure a deal for €15 million, then this transfer would be a great move. Even if they have to pay a little extra, it would be worth it for them to bring him in over the winter break than to hold out for a summer transfer.