Callum Hudson-Odoi Wants Bayern Munich Move as German Giants Look to Include Buy-Back Clause in Deal

?Chelsea starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi wants the Blues to facilitate his departure for Bayern Munich this month after losing faith in his development under Maurizio Sarri, with the Bavarians confident on the deal.

The young England winger is apparently adamant that he must be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge this week in order to aid his development at senior level, with a £35m switch to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich reportedly on the table.

According to the ?Mail, Hudson-Odoi wants to join the German champions as they attempt to rejuvenate their squad, with veteran wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben nearing the end of their time in Bavaria.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

The ?Chelsea prospect has seen an increase in his first team involvement under Sarri since ?Bayern’s interest in the 18-year-old emerged with a series of formal bids this month, with the German side said to be keen on Hudson-Odoi featuring prominently in their immediate future.

Chelsea, on the other hand, have taken a more cautious approach with their youth academy product since promoting him to the first team. Hudson-Odoi has made just two Premier League appearances under Sarri this season.

The youngster’s chances of making an immediate impact in the Blues’ senior setup have suffered a further setback as Chelsea agreed a £58m deal to bring ?Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Competition for places is only likely to increase, with Hudson-Odoi set to be behind the likes of Pulisic, ?Eden Hazard, ?Willian and ?Pedro in Chelsea’s attacking ranks from next season.

Chelsea are said to be keen to keep hold of one of their brightest young prospects and have apparently urged Hudson-Odoi to commit to the new five-year deal that is on offer from the Blues.

However, it is said that the winger is increasingly unlikely to agree to a new deal, with his current contract set to expire at the end of next season. According to a further report from the ?Mail, the situation has left Bayern confident of luring the youngster to the Allianz Arena.

It is said that the Bundesliga champions are poised to seal a deal for Hudson-Odoi, having finally agreed to Chelsea’s demands of including a buy-back option in the deal to take the winger to Bavaria, giving the Blues first refusal should Bayern decide to sell in the future.

The agreement would apparently include a sell-on clause in the event that Bayern sell to another team further down the line, through which Chelsea would receive a certain amount of the transfer fee that Bayern recoup for the forward.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

A further issue in concluding the deal is said to be Chelsea’s reluctance to lose Hudson-Odoi this month, with Sarri having to deal with a shortage of attacking options which suit his style at Stamford Bridge.

With the starlet clearly a player the Italian coach rates highly, a likely outcome could be a deal which sees Hudson-Odoi allowed to depart Stamford Bridge in the summer rather than in the current transfer window.


Robert Lewandowski’s Former Agent Reveals Reason Why Bayern Striker Turned Down Man Utd & Chelsea

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski’s former agent has revealed that the Poland international’s wife played a key role in turning down offers from English sides Manchester United and Chelsea.

Since his goal-scoring feats at Borussia Dortmund and now at rivals Bayern, Lewandowski has been linked with a move away from the Bundesliga on numerous occasions. 


Despite the interest of many of the ?Premier League’s top sides, Lewandowski’s former agent, Cesary Kucharski, has claimed that the striker’s partner, and his own dream to move to Real Madrid, stopped him from ever playing in England.

Speaking to Polish publication Pilka Nozna (via the ?Daily Mirror), Kucharski admitted: “He had many offers. The thing is, his wife did not want to go to France (to PSG) – and both did not want to go to England.

“For Robert, only the Spanish sun counted, and only ?Real Madrid.”

The 30-year-old has made no secret of his desire to play at the Santiago Bernabeu, despite his contract with Bayern running until 2021.

It was understood this pursuit of a move to Los Blancos formed the reasoning behind Lewandowski’s decision to split with Kucharski and partner with noted ‘super-agent’ Pini Zahavi.

When asked why the Polish striker’s dream move to Madrid never materialised, Kucharski added: “We could have fought for the transfer. But there was a risk that our actions would not be enough to bring him to Madrid or sign a much better deal with Bayern.

“In football business, I never wanted to risk my client.”


Thomas Muller to Miss Both Champions League Ties With Liverpool After Ajax Red Card

?Bayern Munich will be without Thomas Muller for both legs of their Champions League last 16 tie against Liverpool after the German was handed a two-match suspension.

Muller was sent off in Bayern’s final group game against Ajax for a high challenge on Nicolas Tagliafico. His studs connected with the Argentine defender’s face and Clement Turpin showed him a straight red card.

Players sent off in the Champions League are given an automatic one-game ban, but Muller’s tackle was deemed bad enough to merit additional punishment, as confirmed by the ?UEFA Control, Ethics & Disciplinary Panel.

The incident did not appear intentional, as ?Muller himself clarified on Twitter after the match: “I would like to apologise to Nico Tagliafico. There was no intention [in the foul]. Get well.”

Maximilian Wober, who was also sent off during the 3-3 draw at the Johan Cruyff Arena for a dangerous tackle on Franck Ribery, will miss Ajax’s last 16 tie with Real Madrid after he was handed a two-match ban as well.

The first leg of ?Bayern‘s tie against ?Liverpool will take place at Anfield on 19 February, with the return leg scheduled for 13 March at the Allianz Arena.

Nicolas Tagliafico,Thomas Muller

Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery could also miss the tie for Bayern, while Liverpool will be without Virgil van Dijk for the first leg after he picked up his second yellow card of the group stages against Napoli.

This will be the first time Liverpool and Bayern have ever met in the Champions League, and the first time they have met over two legs since the 1981 European Cup semi-finals.


Bayern Munich Move for PSG’s Adrien Rabiot as Barcelona Negotiations Stall

Bayern Munich have contacted Paris Saint-Germain over the availability of Adrien Rabiot as the Bavaria side look to snatch the midfielder’s signature from underneath long-term suitors Barcelona’s noses.

The 23-year-old is one of two high profile midfielders who will become free agents at the end of the season. While Juventus appear to be preoccupied with the signing of Aaron Ramsey, however, Rabiot had been expected to join Barcelona during the summer.


Recent updates from Sport Bild’s Christian Falk claim that Bayern Munich have contacted Paris Saint-Germain about their midfielder’s future. Rabiot has also been the subject of links with clubs in the Premier League.

It’s claimed that the Bundesliga champions have made contact with a view of signing Rabiot “this season”, something which is consistent with Sport’s claim that the France international wants to leave the Parc des Princes in January.

Rabiot supposedly wants to leave to avoid any unpleasantries with his French club, although his preferred destination remains Barcelona and the La Liga giants are not willing to bring their summer agreement forward to this month.

This to-ing and fro-ing between both parties could allow another club to gain the inside track by offering to sign Rabiot at some point over the next three weeks – something that Tottenham Hotspur are understood to have considered.

But Bayern Munich, who weren’t understood to be considering Rabiot as a genuine target as they’re currently preoccupied with their attempts to sign Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, could now look to add another new face to their French contingent this month.

Benjamin Pavard

The club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidži? confirmed that World Cup-winning defender Benjamin Pavard would join compatriots Corentin Tolisso and Kingsley Coman in Bavaria next season, while Rabiot could become the club’s 10th ever French signing.


Chelsea Could Report Bayern Munich for ‘Tapping Up’ in Callum Hudson-Odoi Approach

?Chelsea are thought to be considering reporting Bayern Munich to FIFA should they find any wrongdoing in their approach for winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, after the German champions’ sporting director sparked ire with his comments about the 18-year-old on Wednesday.

Hudson-Odoi is enjoying a breakthrough year under Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, and while he has only appeared once in the Premier League, he has had game-time on 13 different occasions in all competitions – most recently starting in the EFL Cup first leg defeat to Tottenham.

Toby Alderweireld,Callum Hudson-Odoi

He’s done enough to garner attention from all fronts since graduating from the Blues’ youth academy, and has been heavily linked with a move to Munich,? with reports of a £35m move gaining traction.

Such is their keenness to sign the England youth international that sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic spoke openly about their interest on Wednesday, as ?he said: “He is fast, good at dribbling, he would fit very well into our team.”

?Chelsea aren’t thought to be pleased about the comments, and it isn’t the first sign of the Blues’ ?irritation at the Bavarians’ approach. While ?Bayern can’t be punished for flouting any Premier League regulations, the Stamford Bridge side are reportedly willing to report to FIFA at the first sign of any alleged tapping up.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Selling the winger isn’t the desired outcome for the Blues, especially with Eden Hazard’s future up in the air, but he has just 18 months remaining on his deal, so they are thought to be willing to budge if the player is keen to move.

To that end, Bayern seem to be doing all they can to lure him to Germany, with various reports this week that they are prepared to give him the number ten shirt should he sign.