In the latest edition of the never-ending saga that is the Callum Hudson-Odoi transfer, there has been an unexpected plot twist. It appears that Liverpool interested in signing the Chelsea winger, who has so far been the subject of much interest from Bayern Munich. Could the Reds be planning to beat Die Roten to the punch?
Well, according to Sport Bild, the player and his brother met with Liverpool representatives at the beginning of January. This marks the first real report we’ve had of another big club being interested in Hudson-Odoi since Bayern’s attempts at signing him were made public. In addition, Sport Bild reports that the player’s family have also received an offer from RB Leipzig.
If these reports are true, then this might actually be a huge boost to Bayern’s attempts to sign the young winger. Liverpool being a fellow Premier League club, Chelsea would be loath to sell one of their most promising prospects to a direct rival, making it necessary for them to sell to Bayern as soon as possible.
On the other hand, another English club being interested might hurt Bayern’s chances of landing the youngster, given that in many cases, English players prefer to play in England. If Liverpool’s interest is real, then Hudson-Odoi would have to weigh up the option of staying in England and playing for Jurgen Klopp, and leaving the country and attempting to do a Sancho.
The question we have to ask is — why do Liverpool want him? They already have Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah on the wings, and Xherdan Shaqiri is always an option. So, if Hudson-Odoi were to go to the Merseysiders, he’d be basically guaranteed a bench role.
In comparison, Bayern Munich need to replace Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, who leave the club this season — while the club already has three wingers in Kingsley Coman, Serge Gnabry, and Alphonso Davies, Coman and Gnabry are extremely injury prone and Davies has never played for a top flight team in Europe. Hudson-Odoi’s chances of making the starting XI would be far greater in Bayern if that were the case.
As this saga drags on and on, things get more and more murky. Bayern Munich face Liverpool in the Champions League next month, but apparently the two clubs are now in competition with each other off the pitch as well. A swift conclusion is really all we want, but one just doesn’t seem to be forthcoming. Let’s hope that things come to a resolution soon.
UPDATE: Earlier today, James Pearce, the chief Liverpool FC reporter for the Liverpool Echo, was asked about Liverpool’s interest in Hudson-Odoi earlier today. He was straight to the point, “Nothing in it I’m told”. Pearce is widely respected in the Liverpool fan community as one of the most reliable journalists covering the club.
Bayern will still consider themselves the heavy favorites if Hudson-Odoi is indeed leaving Chelsea.