Bayern Munich may’ve demolished Chelsea en path to Champions League glory final season, however the Blues have gained the tug-of-war over Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The Germans long-term curiosity within the teenage winger is soccer’s worst-kept secret.
Chelsea took situation with Bayern’s aggressive pursuit of the 19-year-old in January 2019 – a saga which noticed Hudson-Odoi hand in a proper switch request.
After the Blues refused to be bullied, Hudson-Odoi ended up staying and signing a brand new deal, however then Bayern got here knocking once more final week.
And it appears Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has an extended reminiscence.
Based on German outlet Bild, Granovskaia performed hardball with the Bundesliga champions and ultimately put them off their pursuit of the teen.
If Bayern wished to signal Hudson-Odoi on, they might’ve needed to conform to a number of clauses, together with a penalty if he didn’t play sufficient video games and an obligation to purchase for greater than £70million.
Equally, talkSPORT host Jim White revealed yesterday that West Ham agreed to pay Chelsea £50,000 each time Fikayo Tomori didn’t play earlier than a mortgage deal collapsed.
Bayern boss Hansi Flick confirmed his aspect’s curiosity within the 19-year-old ahead, who featured in simply 22 of Chelsea’s 38 Premier League fixtures final season.
“He is likely one of the biggest skills on the place,” Flick mentioned in his pre-match press convention.
“Subsequently it’s reputable that we at Bayern Munich take care of him.”
Hudson-Odoi has began the earlier two matches for Chelsea, and talking after the 4-Zero win over Crystal Palace, Blues boss Frank Lampard insisted the winger is a part of his plans.
Talking in his post-match press convention, Lampard added: “Callum is completely a part of my plans right here. Now we have [Christian] Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech injured earlier than Christian got here again in at this time.
“We want choices and what Callum confirmed at this time and the second half towards West Brom is strictly what he wants to point out. I’m happy with him.”