The youngster’s existing contract expires next year, so if Chelsea are unable to convince him to sign a new one, then they may have no choice but to sell the player in the coming summer transfer window. Currently, they have an offer on the table worth £35m (€39m) from the German giants, but if they refuse to accept it, then the new offer made in the summer will be unquestionably lower.
Reportedly, Bayern have already offered a salary close to €5m per year to the young winger, which is pretty much the same amount of money that was paid to Renato Sanches to snatch him away from Manchester United. With both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery leaving next summer, that will free up a ton of wages for the Bavarians to spend on a new offensive acquisition like Hudson-Odoi.
Funnily enough, when reports of Chelsea’s improved offer to the player were first reported, by the Mail themselves no less, it was said that the Blues were only offering £70 a week, broken up into £50k guaranteed + £20k in add-ons. How and when this offer rose to £85k per week, the paper does not explain.
In any case, although the details don’t exactly line up, this latest report fits with earlier reporting that suggests that Hudson-Odoi has rejected all of Chelsea’s attempts to get him to sign a new contract. In the Blues’ 2-0 loss to Arsenal last night, the youngster played just 10 minutes near the end of the game.
With Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri facing a tough battle for the top 4 spots, it’s likely that this is a trend that will continue. Hudson-Odoi’s reason for leaving Chelsea has always been about playing time and development, not money, so it’s easy to understand why he would reject even a mammoth £85 a week. Also, Bayern are significantly wealthier than Chelsea — if he succeeds in Munich, huge wages will come guaranteed.
While a transfer this winter looks unlikely, if the youngster doesn’t sign a new contract in the next six months, then he may well become a new Bayern Munich player in the summer.