Callum Hudson-Odoi is ready to reject Chelsea’s offer of £85,000 a week and hold out for a move to Bayern Munich because he believes he has more chance of developing in the Bundesliga.
Bayern Munich, who have already bid £35m for the player, would be expected to offer him Arjen Robben’s No 10 shirt when the Dutch winger retires this summer, as a mark of how much they believe in the 18-year-old from south London.
The German giants would expect Hudson-Odoi to go straight into their first team as a replacement for the departing Arjen Robben.
And though Chelsea made their offer last week in a bid to keep the jewel in the crown of the Chelsea academy, it is clear that manager Maurizio Sarri will only play Hudson-Odoi in fits and starts as he battles to hang on to fourth place and Champions League qualification.
Hudon-Odoi came on for ten minutes in the 2-0 defeat against Arsenal on Saturday night.
Chelsea’s history of hiring and firing managers is now counting against them with young players.
Hudson-Odoi has been caught between the end of Antonio Conte’s career, where there was understandably little interest in the future, and Sarri’s first six months, where the priority has been to establish himself at the club with experienced players.
Though Chelsea have come up with a generous offer, Hudson-Odoi and his advisors told the board when he signed his three-year deal in the summer of 2017 that money wouldn’t be the defining criteria of whether he committed long term.
He wanted to see how committed the club’s managers were to integrating him, as Lucien Favre has with Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund.
Those close to the player don’t now believe the current circumstances at Chelsea make it suitable for his development, given the likely instability at the club over the next 12 months when he will need first-team games to develop.
The player’s contract is only up until 2020 and so his value will drop dramatically on February 1st when he would only be worth around £10m, with just one year left on his contract.
If Chelsea won’t let him move this January, he would be expected to hold out until the summer without signing a contract, when a move to Bayern would be more likely.