Callum Hudson-Odoi to Stay at Chelsea Despite Late Bayern Munich Bid

Robbie Copeland
Oct 4, 2020, 1:52 PM GMT+1
Bayern have been long-term admirers of Hudson-Odoi
Bayern have been long-term admirers of Hudson-Odoi | Visionhaus/Getty Images
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Well, that lasted long. Just three days after reports in Germany suggested Bayern Munich had revived their interest in Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, negotiations are dead in the water.

Hudson-Odoi has had a frustrating couple of years since initial interest from Bayern in January 2019 faded away. The Blues priced the German champions out of a deal, and he has since signed a long-term contract at Stamford Bridge, but has struggled to build on his promise.

Struggles with injury haven't helped matters, but he was in and out of the team last season, and had looked to be growing disillusioned with a lack of opportunities. He has appeared in all but one of Chelsea's matches this season, however, scoring against West Brom, and it emerged on Thursday that Bayern were lining up a second approach ahead of Monday's transfer deadline.

A variety of reports reached the consensus that the German champions wanted an initial loan for the 19-year-old, with an option to buy for as much as £70m. Chelsea, however, don't seem interested in selling, and The Athletic's Simon Johnson has claimed on Sunday that there is now no chance of him departing before the deadline.

Johnson noted on Saturday evening that there was a '95.9%' chance of Hudson-Odoi staying put, and now claims that has risen even further. A brief tweet thread was concluded as he joked that the percentage has now reached three figures - in other words, he is definitely not leaving in the next 48 hours. Sky Sports' transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has since made similar claims.

In any case, Frank Lampard seems keen to keep Hudson-Odoi around after a noted improvement in his attitude and work-rate in recent weeks, and barring a freakish turn of events on Monday, he looks likely to get his wish.

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