Chelsea are now close to selling Callum Hudson-Odoi as Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio find themselves in advanced talks.
That is according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
What’s the story?
The reliable Italian journalist revealed on Sunday morning that Sarri’s side were “progressing well” in talks with Chelsea over a deal for Hudson-Odoi.
Now, Gazzetta dello Sport have added further details about the winger, who Thomas Tuchel once called an “outstanding” footballer.
The Italian news outlet believe the deal between Chelsea and Lazio will be an initial loan move for Hudson-Odoi, although the Serie A side are obligated to make it permanent for a sum in the region of €15m (£13m) next summer.
Interestingly, the 22-year-old only has 12 months left on his contract at Stamford Bridge, so he would be available on a free transfer next summer.
Effectively, it looks as if Lazio have agreed a deal to sign Hudson-Odoi for around £13m, but Chelsea are simply allowing the Italian giants to pay the money next year.
Chelsea could still come up against Hudson-Odoi next season as Lazio face competition
While Gazzetta dello Sport believe Lazio are close to signing Hudson-Odoi, there is another side lurking.
Romano mentioned in his update on the Londoner’s situation that an unnamed Premier League side are also very keen.
It could be Fulham, who – according to the Guardian – saw one bid rejected by Chelsea.
It could also be Crystal Palace, who made an enquiry for Hudson-Odoi a few weeks ago, according to Ed Aarons of the Guardian.
It goes without saying that both of those sides are in London, so they represent a chance for the Chelsea academy graduate to stay closer to home.
Be sure to keep an eye on this situation, as anything could happen.