Bayern Munich chased Callum Hudson-Odoi pretty intensively this January, and you can be sure they’ll be back this summer.
The European giants can not only claim to be a bigger club than Chelsea historically, they can also promise him serious game-time immediately as Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery reach the end of their careers, and the chance to win trophies every season.
That’s fair enough. Not since the early days of Roman’s reign have Chelsea been on the Bayern/Real/Barca level. We’ll accept that.
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) March 20, 2019
What’s more worrying is that apparently Borussia Dortmund have joined the race for our wonderkid. If he were to push for a move there, it would really represent how far we’ve fallen in recent seasons.
Dortmund don’t have nearly the financial clout of the trophy winning history that Bayern do, and in the recent past it would have been us buying players from them rather than the other way round.
I wrote about Dortmund's interest in Hudson-Odoi on 23rd December 2018. In truth, there has been a long list of interested parties, including Barca, Madrid, Juve, but Bayern Munich have worked hardest to sign him. #CFC https://t.co/kAZPDztQ4S
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) March 21, 2019
But now they are competing in the Champions League – which we’re not. And at the top of their domestic league – which we’re not. They also provide an established pathway for young players – which we definitely don’t.
Then there are the added circumstantial factors – CHO’s old mate Jadon Sancho for one thing.
Borussia Dortmund open to selling Man Utd target Jadon Sancho… and want Callum Hudson-Odoi as replacement https://t.co/0caaPuku2Y
— The Sun – Chelsea (@SunChelsea) March 21, 2019
From our perspective, what matters most is whether Callum goes, his destination is less important.
But a move to the Rhineland would be a real sign of changing times at Chelsea, and a worrying omen that we’ve slipped even further back in the minds of young players working out where to make their mark in the game.