Chelsea have been sounded out by Premier League rivals Leicester City over a permanent deal for Callum Hudson-Odoi, football.london has been told.
Hudson-Odoi has been an unused substitute in the Blues’ opening three top-flight games of the season and has attracted strong interest in the final days of the transfer window.
Borussia Dortmund approached Chelsea over the weekend regarding a season-long loan move for Hudson-Odoi and the academy graduate is believed to be open to a temporary switch to the Bundesliga giants.
Leicester, meanwhile, are understood to have made an enquiry over a permanent deal for Hudson-Odoi in the past 24 hours. The Foxes are keen to bring another winger to the King Power Stadium before tomorrow’s transfer deadline and are also in talks with RB Leipzig for Ademola Lookman.
Hudson-Odoi’s immediate future at Chelsea hinges on whether the Blues are able to complete the signing of Jules Kounde from Sevilla. Thomas Tuchel is not expected to sanction the 20-year-old’s departure unless a replacement is already in situ at Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel spoke at length about Hudson-Odoi ahead of Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool. And the Blues head coach accepted why the England Under-21 international may be frustrated with his lack of regular game time at Stamford Bridge.
“It’s hard to argue that he needs regular game time to improve his level,” Tuchel said. “At the same time, it’s not only about letting players go. If we want to compete in all competitions, it’s also about numbers. You need a squad of 20 to 21 players.”
The German continued: “To be absolutely fair, we sometimes use him as a wing-back on the right side and it’s not his best position.
“We did in the Super Cup because he had a very good pre-season, had the training sessions in his legs, was able to play 90/120 minutes for us.
“He waits for a regular chance on the half left position but he fights against Mason [Mount], Kai [Havertz], Hakim [Ziyech], and Christian Pulisic. A lot of guys with a lot of quality, a bit more regular game time, and more consistency. It’s very hard for him. This is what I agree but we don’t have to feel sorry for him.
“Once the door is a little bit open, we demand he puts his foot in between and he makes his mark. It can happen at any time.
“It happened last season when we put him on for 20 minutes in the Man City game. He was a real game-changer in that game. Next time we do this, he has to be ready. That’s what we demand from him.”
Chelsea are likely to have a busy transfer deadline day with outgoings top of Marina Granovskaia’s to-do list.
Malang Sarr, Ross Barkley, Lewis Baker and Danny Drinkwater will all be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge if an acceptable offer is received, with the latter duo out of contract at the end of the campaign.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek could depart if a deal for Saul Niguez is completed. Meanwhile, Ethan Ampadu looks likely to remain at Stamford Bridge.