BAYERN Munich say they are in talks with Chelsea about buying teenage winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The German giants were last week rebuked by Chelsea and Blues boss Maurizio Sarri for making their interest in the 18-year-old (pictured) public.
However, Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has reiterated the Bundesliga club’s interest in the England Under-19 international.
‘We are in talks with Chelsea,’ said Salihamidzic. ‘We want to sign the player. I am fully convinced of his abilities.’
The nature of those discussions is not known and it may simply be to formalise bids which Chelsea have so far rebuffed, with the latest believed to be £35million. The worry for Chelsea is Hudson-Odoi has had his head turned by the public declarations from Bayern.
Chelsea will report the Germans to Fifa if there is any evidence of an illegal approach; talks must go through the Blues, not the player or his agents. However, Chelsea are yet to take the matter to world football’s governing body.
The Blues want Hudson-Odoi, who has made nine appearances this season and scored once, to extend his current deal, which expires in June 2020. But reports earlier this week suggested he was keen to leave, citing the example of 18-year-old Jadon Sancho’s progress since swapping Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund, which has already seen him win three senior England caps.
Meanwhile, Chelsea want to sell Michy Batshuayi rather than loan him out according to Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev. The striker is currently at Valencia on a temporary basis and Vasilyev said: ‘Monaco have an agreement with the player and with Valencia, but not with Chelsea. They would rather have a (permanent) transfer.’