Max Bielefeld of Sky Sports reported earlier today that Borussia Dortmund remain optimistic they can sign Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea.
Speaking live from Munich, Bielefeld claimed that Dortmund had every intention of trying to land Hudson-Odoi before the transfer deadline.
However, he also explained that Chelsea were being hard customers to deal with, as they attempt to keep hold of the 20-year-old.
Hudson-Odoi is now at the heart of an interesting scenario that could end up in a multitude of ways.
After failing to appear in any of the opening three Premier League matches, the forward is eager to test his metal at another club.
Sadly for him, Thomas Tuchel is apparently not keen on letting a player go without another arriving in the opposite direction.
There are two names that could dictate his destiny: Saul Niguez and Jules Kounde.
Sign either one of those and Chelsea will surely ease their stance on allowing Hudson-Odoi to join Dortmund.
But as it stands, the Champions League holders are sticking to one definitive answer.
Sky explain the Hudson-Odoi saga
“We just spoke with Borussia Dortmund and we are told they are still hopeful to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi until Germany’s deadline at 5pm,” said Bielefeld.
“But, it’s a difficult deal. They say tough negations with Chelsea.
“It’s tough to convince to let Callum Hudson-Odoi go. As it stands, they say no.
“We know that Callum would like to join Borussia Dortmund, he wants first-team minutes.”
Chelsea have previously blocked a move to Germany for Hudson-Odoi.
Last October, they rejected a lucrative bid from Bayern Munich for the attacker.
Like Dortmund, Bayern wanted to acquire Hudson-Odoi on loan, but they also included an option to buy him this summer.
At that time, Frank Lampard had a more inclusive role for the Cobham academy star in mind than he’s had under Tuchel.
With the change in manager came a change in attitude, as Hudson-Odoi found himself more often than not out of the picture.
If he is set on signing for Dortmund, then the movements of Saul or Kounde could be crucial.