For years, Chelsea’s winger Callum Hudson-Odoi was linked with a move to Germany via Bayern Munich. The Bavarians had kept tabs on him for years, and seen him as an ideal replacement for the Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben-shaped holes in the wide areas. However, no deal ever took place and instead ‘CHO’ stuck around at Chelsea, slowly but surely gaining game-time first under Frank Lampard and now Thomas Tuchel.
However, it is believed that he could be set for a move to Germany this summer – this time with Borussia Dortmund. BVB have opened the doors to an exit for Jadon Sancho, and could turn to the Blues winger as a direct replacement. With Chelsea intrigued by boyhood supporter Sancho, too, they could make a move for the England winger and use Hudson-Odoi as some form of makeweight in the deal.
This would be an intriguing move for both player and the two clubs. Sancho would get his much-desired return to England, whilst Hudson-Odoi moves to a team that has a direct place for him in the first XI. It could prove a tough move for Chelsea, though, to sell an academy player who the fans have massive hope in. With so many other youngsters like Mason Mount making the breakthrough, the loss of Hudson-Odoi – and potentially Fikayo Tomori, too – would leave some fans worried about the ‘academy revolution’ that was taking place grinding to a halt.
Why would Chelsea sell Callum Hudson-Odoi?
His talent is undeniable, given his excellent performances as a wide attacker and as a wing-back. However, game time has been inconsistent at best during his career, and he might look to other Chelsea youngsters who never moved on in time. With clubs like Dortmund still sniffing around, too, it would give CHO a chance to go and play for a team that can offer him UEFA Champions League football and the opportunity to play regularly.
At Chelsea, he only has to ask teammate Christian Pulisic for advice on what life in Germany is like. The American came through the BVB academy, and quickly became one of the most exciting talents to have broke through since Mario Götze.
Therefore, we could see Chelsea look to move on from a young winger with immense talent but not enough appearances to his name at such a key age in his development. With Chelsea looking to buy an A-list talent in Sancho, Hudson-Odoi offers a great makeweight so, while still valuable, is not quite on the same plane as Sancho in terms of talent.
For some fans, the loss of the winger would be seen as a loss for the club as they move on from a young academy graduate with outstanding potential. As Thomas Tuchel looks to re-shape Chelsea in his image, though, the removal of a young talent like Hudson-Odoi might be worth it if it can help to land Chelsea one of the premier young wingers in European football at a fair price.