Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said they tried to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi last summer but reaching an agreement with Chelsea proved difficult.
The 19-year-old has been on the Bundesliga champions’ radar for some time.
The Bundesliga has emerged as a hot destination for young English talent, with the likes of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Augsburg’s Reece Oxford making their names outside the Premier League.
Bayern want their own English talent and have identified the Chelsea winger as a target.
Hudson-Odoi has yet to establish himself as a regular starter under Frank Lampard, with just eight starts in the Premier League since the start of last season.
More game time in a treble-winning Bayern side would be a tempting offer for any top player, let alone a teenager who just wants to play as much football as possible.
However, since Hudson-Odoi only signed a new five-year deal in September 2019, the ball is Chelsea’s court – and they said no.
There’s no guarantee the German club won’t come back in January or next summer but Chelsea fans will be relieved Salihamdizic implied Bayern may have given up chasing the Chelsea homegrown talent.
He told Bild: “There are transfers that come to the point where you have to say, ‘we have to leave this immediately’.
“It is all the more important that one thinks about alternatives or alternative paths right from the start.
“We negotiated with Chelsea but there was no agreement. That happens.”
Hudson-Odoi himself seems to be fully focused on his career at Stamford Bridge.
In a recent interview for Chelsea’s matchday programme for the upcoming Southampton game, he said: “I wanted to have a good start just so, as the season’s going on, you feel more confident.
“I thought to myself ‘I need to score more goals, get more assists and I need to work hard for the team in general’, just so we can win as many games as possible.”