Reports in Germany claim that Liverpool will rival Bayern Munich for Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi.
SportBild make the claim, saying that Liverpool have met with Hudson-Odoi’s people. On top of that, they also say that RB Leipzig are interested – although they’d surely be a distant third.
Reports have linked Hudson-Odoi with a move away all month but how likely are Liverpool to swoop in?
Who is Callum Hudson-Odoi?
Hudson-Odoi is an 18-year-old forward for Chelsea. The Blues hold him in very high regard – as demonstrated by his 14 first-team appearances despite only turning 18 in November.
His contract is up in 18 months, however, and that has alerted Bayern. The German champions have had several offers rejected by Chelsea, although Hudson-Odoi has also rejected several new contracts, according to Sky Sports.
That puts them in an awkward position. Bayern have reportedly met the asking price but Chelsea still resist.
If the player doesn’t sign a new contract soon, Chelsea will either have to sell or take a chance on convincing him to sign a new one within 18 months.
The latter isn’t looking likely.
Do Liverpool need Hudson-Odoi?
Only if there are changes at Anfield. Any club would be happy to have a supremely talented teenager but there needs to be space for him.
That could happen if Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge move on, although there are still young players waiting to step up.
Harry Wilson will return to Liverpool in the summer, while Rhian Brewster should be back at the same time.
It’s difficult to see where Hudson-Odoi would fit in at Liverpool if both are in the squad. If one or both are deemed not good enough, however, the Chelsea man seems like a great alternative.
How likely is it?
It’s really a ‘third-party’ source; SportBild have no connection to Liverpool or Chelsea, which is rarely a good sign.
Their source would have to be either Bayern or Hudson-Odoi’s people. Both stand to gain from Liverpool’s reported interest, however.
Chelsea are more likely to push through a deal to Bayern if their rival is the alternative. Bayern are more likely to give in to demands if another major club is in the mix.
The move may make a lot of sense in some ways but it’s difficult to trust the source. It doesn’t seem very likely, as good a signing as it may be.