Date published: Friday 2nd October 2020 7:59
Bayern Munich have reportedly reached an agreement in principle over a deal to sign Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi on a loan-to-buy arrangement.
The England international has struggled for game time at the beginning of this season. Indeed he has only played 54 minutes across two of the Blues’ three Premier League games so far.
His best chances have come in the Carabao Cup, in which he played a vital role in the third and fourth rounds.
However Sky Germany (via Fussball Transfers) Hudson-Odoi is “planning his departure” from Stamford Bridge.
What’s more, Bayern are close to completing a deal after reaching an initial agreement with the Blues, although the report adds that Chelsea have denied such claims.
Boss Frank Lampard reportedly intends to name Hudson-Odoi in his starting lineup for Saturday’s clash with Crystal Palace.
Fussball Transfers adds that the winger will move to Bayern on an initial loan deal, with the European champions then obligated to sign him on a permanent deal.
The source does not indicate the terms of the long-term deal next summer.
The arrival of Timo Werner has pushed Hudson-Odoi down Chelsea’s attacking pecking order. Furthermore, Hakim Ziyech is yet to make his debut due to injury.
SportBILD‘s head of football Christian Falk adds that talks between Bayern and Chelsea have entered a “decisive phase”.
Bayern showed strong interest in signing Hudson-Odoi last January and failed with a firm approach.
Hansi Flick’s side have already added to their attack by bringing in Leroy Sane from Manchester City. Hudson-Odoi would compete with the German and Serge Gnabry for game time at the Allianz Arena.
Lampard coy on potential Chelsea exits
On Friday, Lampard was pressed on the potential of some of his players leaving before Monday’s transfer deadline.
As well as Hudson-Odoi, the futures of left-backs Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri are uncertain.
However Lampard would not go into detail on whether such players would be staying in or leaving west London.