Report: Club agrees deal with £120k-a-week Chelsea player, but loan exit still hinges on one thing
German club Borussia Dortmund have reportedly agreed personal terms with Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi, but any chance of him leaving Stamford Bridge on loan still hinges on Blues transfer activity.
According to Sky Germany, Bundesliga side Dortmund have now reached an agreement with Hudson-Odoi ahead of a potential loan for the 2021/22 season.
However, it is understood the Blues are reluctant to sanction the loan right now.
The report explains that Thomas Tuchel’s side will be willing to grant the 20-year-old a move once they’ve lined up a replacement. Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez is mentioned as a suitor, so right now Hudson-Odoi’s future rests on the outcome of that pursuit.
If that’s the case, it’s not too encouraging for Hudson-Odoi that The Telegraph reports Chelsea’s move for Saul has stalled.
Hudson-Odoi, who earns £120,000-a-week, is a massive talent that was developed in the academy at Cobham. However, it’s extremely tough for the English speedster to get minutes given the quality in the squad.
He’s an exciting winger by trade but he’s been dropping in as cover at wing-back, something which isn’t a preferred role.
Blues target Saul is a central midfielder that could stiffen up options in the centre of the park, but the fact he can also cover at wing-back may be why his deal impacts Hudson-Odoi’s future.
Chelsea need to push through Hudson-Odoi loan
It looks extremely unlikely that Hudson-Odoi will be a regular this campaign, so a loan is sensible.
Aged 20, he’s still at the very early stages of his career despite a breakthrough at a young age.
There are so many examples in recent years of English players thriving in the German league, especially at Dortmund, so it’s a no-brainer on paper.
He will get a chance to play in his preferred wide role further up the pitch and it’s more likely next season he can challenge for a starting spot at Chelsea.
It seems a waste to have him as cover at wing-back this season, especially when captain Cesar Azpilicueta can fill in there.
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