Bayern Munich are preparing a move to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi on a season-long loan with many players in the squad already expecting him to join, according to reports.
The 19-year-old has struggled to get into Frank Lampard’s team since recovering from a serious Achilles injury and has fallen further down the pecking order after a number of high-profile summer signings arrived at Stamford Bridge.
Hudson-Odoi played no part in the defeat to Liverpool last time out, while he was only handed a brief cameo off the bench against Brighton in the club’s Premier League opener.
He is believed to be increasingly concerned by his lack of game time, particularly given that Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic have been injured – with their looming return limiting his opportunities even further.
Hudson-Odoi’s camp want to hold a meeting with Chelsea to discuss his future and Lampard has intimated that he might be allowed to leave on loan to get regular football, especially with the European Championships next summer.
Now The Telegraph claim that Bayern are emerging as a big favourite to land the teenager on loan for the 2020/21 campaign, having long held interest in the England winger.
The Champions League winners thought they had secured Hudson-Odoi’s signature 18 months ago, when he was stalling over fresh terms at Chelsea, but he eventually signed a new deal and was hoping to get more chances under Lampard.
Although Bayern signed Leroy Sane in a £54.8million deal from Manchester City earlier this summer, they lost both Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic when their respective loans expired.
They are still keen to strengthen in those positions as a result and want to add more firepower, with Hudson-Odoi likely to get plenty of chances to impress under Hansi Flick should he decide to move to Bavaria.
Asked directly about the futures of both Hudson-Odoi and Antonio Rudiger, Lampard said on Tuesday: ‘I’m going to skirt around that question. It remains to be seen.
‘We’re not in a period where the transfer window or market is acting like it has done in recent years in terms of how players move or what level they move at. Again, the competitive games have just started.
‘I’m very open to those conversations with the players as the next couple of weeks go on. My priority will always be making sure I maintain and keep the strongest squad I can for this club but after that, of course, the individual conversations will happen within that.’