The player has been valued as a cheaper alternative of English sensation Jadon Sancho.
The lack of pace on the right side of the field and the absence of a quality centre back once again haunted Manchester United as they suffered two defeats in a row. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and Manchester United are aware of the vulnerability in these two areas. They have been linked with the likes of Philippe Coutniho, Kalidou Koulibaly, Gareth Bale and Jadon Sancho. However they all demand high fees and with Borussia Dortmund not willing to sell Sancho, it seems United may have to look somewhere else. It seems Manchester United have joined the race to sign Liverpool and Bayern Munich target.
Manchester United have joined the chase for England and Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi. Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, who made a £35million bid in January, are also chasing the teenager, who was given his debut by Gareth Southgate in the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic on Friday. The 18-year-old is no closer to signing a deal with Chelsea and his current contract runs out in the summer of 2020, with no further substantial talks having taken place since January.
But his situation has been complicated by Chelsea’s transfer ban, against which they are appealing. Hudson-Odoi beat Duncan Edwards’ 62-year-old record of being the youngest player to make his England debut in a competitive game on Friday.
Bayern are set to come back with a bid of about £30m in the summer, reflecting the diminishing value of the player to Chelsea as his contract runs down.Chelsea want to him to stay but it has been made clear to them that, although their £85,000-a-week offer is a generous one, money is not the issue and the player’s development opportunities at a crucial time of his career are more important. Hudson-Odoi has yet to start any Premier League games under Maurizio Sarri and before Christmas he received just 274 minutes of competitive game time. He is now starting in the Europa League but Bayern Munich want him as an integral part of their team rebuild and have offered him Arjen Robben’s No 10 shirt, with the Dutchman leaving in the summer. Chelsea would be unlikely to sell in the summer, especially to a Premier League rival, though they risk losing Hudson-Odoi, now one of the best-rated teenagers in world football and the leading light of their academy, for a nominal fee in 2020.
It is shaping to be a pivotal summer for Chelsea with Eden Hazard also being strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid. After being slapped with a transfer ban by Fifa, Chelsea may be reluctant to lose either or both of Hazard and Hudson-Odoi in the summer.