Chelsea transfer news: Blues reject £70m from Bayern only to end up on loan with Hudson-Odoi

Callum Hudson-Odoi plays for Chelsea in pre-season

Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi underwent a medical in Germany prior to his move on loan to Bayer Leverkusen, according to reports.

The 21-year-old is tired of being on the sidelines at Stamford Bridge, and has told the west London club he’d like to leave early out the window.

Hudson-Odoi made just 15 Premier League appearances last season – eight fewer than the previous season.

And he played 23 league games in the 2020-21 season, his most ever, in five seasons with the first team.

The lack of playing time has certainly hampered the youngster’s development, but he still has time to become the world winger he was previously promoting.

However, Hudson-Odoi realized that this would not happen at Chelsea, and that he needed to go out on loan.

Juventus and Borussia Dortmund were interested in accompanying the young player, but agreed to join Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The moves come just two years after Chelsea turned down an impressive offer from Bayern Munich.

Now, Hudson-Odoi will have to follow in Jadon Sancho’s footsteps and improve dramatically in Germany for Chelsea’s decision to be justified.

Chelsea reject Bayern Munich’s £70m bid

Chelsea used to sell youngsters very early on; Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Tarek Lamptey, and Tino Livramento to name a few.

But in the case of Callum Hudson-Odoi, the blues made the poor decision not to sell in the summer of 2020.

Bayern Munich wanted to buy the 21-year-old on a season-long loan, with a buy-out option of £70m; His impressive goal against them in the Champions League knockout rounds may have had something to do with it.

Chelsea turned down the offer, as then-manager Frank Lampard believed Hudson-Odoi had a bright future ahead at Stamford Bridge.

And Lampard wasn’t the only man to believe in the winger’s potential, as in 2019 Gareth Southgate made him the youngest player to make his competitive debut for England, breaking the record set by Duncan Edwards in 1955.

But that doesn’t change the fact that Chelsea made the wrong call, in hindsight, and should have taken £70m in a jiffy; The Blues will do well at getting half of that in the future.

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