Callum Hudson-Odoi: Chelsea and Bayern transfer situation is baffling - Stephen Warnock


Chelsea fear they are fighting a losing battle in their bid to keep Callum Hudson-Odoi, despite the winger being handed a surprise start in the Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg against Tottenham Hotspur.

A bid worth £30m plus add-ons for the England youth forward was rejected, prompting Bayern to return with a deal they feel matches Chelsea's valuation.

"I don't think so, because he is an English player".

He's regarded as Chelsea's brightest young talent - and with that title, it's unsurprising that another team is trying to land him this month - even if it is Bayern Munich.

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"He played like a player of 25, 26 years, I think".

Chelsea have also been linked with an interest Barella and the club reportedly tabled a bid to take the midfielder to Stamford Bridge in this month recently, while Manchester United are also in the mix. I have seen him every day in training, he has been really very normal.

The report indicates that Hudson-Odoi's representatives have already held talks with Juve, though the Wandsworth-born ace would prefer to join the German champions if he is given the choice. I mean, from a player's point of view, to know that the manager hasn't got the say whether you stay at the club or not will have an influence on him leaving the football club. A very good match with application, very good in the defensive phase, but he has been completely normal. "Sometimes he will be on the bench - as Willian, as Pedro - but now I can start to consider him at the same level".

Writing in the Daily Mail, Martin Samuel has pointed out that Hudson-Odoi shouldn't wait patiently for his opportunity at Chelsea, because not one of the club's other academy prospects has ever won a regular starting place in the Roman Abramovich era.