According to a report from L’Equipe (as captured by Get French Football News), Chelsea is still in pursuit of Bayern Munich star Kingsley Coman and would be willing to include longtime target of the Bavarians, Callum Hudson-Odoi, in a deal:
L’Équipe report that Premier League side Chelsea are looking into the feasibility of engineering a swap arrangement with Bayern Munich that would see Kingsley Coman and Callum Hudson Odoi switch clubs.
Coman, who is under contract with the Bavarians until 2023, recently hired Pini Zahavi as his agent. Talks over an extension have been dead for 2 months, after Bayern offered the player €13m a year gross. He is currently on €9m a year gross, but wants to match Leroy Sané’s €18m a year gross. Talks are therefore at a standstill.
In addition to Chelsea, the report says that Liverpool and Manchester City are also monitoring Coman’s situation.
As for Chelsea, Champions League-winner Thomas Tuchel is said to be a huge fan of Coman:
Thomas Tuchel has never hidden how much he loves Coman as a player – Chelsea’s board would like to include Callum Hudson-Odoi in a deal, as the English winger is not in Tuchel’s plans for the coming season and Bayern have shown historic interest in him.
Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihmidzic has unsuccessfully tried to lure Hudson-Odoi to Germany multiple times over the past few years, but this might the most realistic opportunity for the Bavarians to land the English prospect — if true. In the previous attempts, it appeared that Chelsea had set the price tag far out of reach for Bayern Munich. Even now, though, it does not appear totally plausible that Bayern Munich would sell Coman right now as part of an effort to get Hudson-Odoi.
Coman’s talent is undeniable, but his salary demands might make him unretainable. Given how public negotiations have become for Bayern Munich and Coman, these are the kinds of deals that we will no doubt hear more about over the next few months.
Regardless, this deal still seems far more tangible than that ludicrous Robert Lewandowski rumor we saw earlier today.