Well-known German football journalist Raphael Honigstein has claimed that Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has a big following among Bundesliga clubs and could be in line for a move to Germany in January, according to a report published by Sky Sports.
The England under-19 international is reportedly a January transfer target of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, the report suggests.
English youngsters have been moving to Germany and enjoying success during recent times.
Jadon Sancho is currently a key player for Borussia Dortmund while Everton youngster Ademola Lookman enjoyed a successful loan spell with German top-flight outfit RB Leipzig during the second half of last season.
Hudson-Odoi’s current deal at Stamford Bridge is set to expire during the summer of 2020 and he may well be tempted into leaving Chelsea as he is not getting regular playing time at the club.
The rising star has only made one Premier League appearance this season and does not appear to be anywhere near becoming a first-team regular.
The successes of Lookman and Sancho may also be something that appeals to him as he looks to take his career to the next level.
“It’s not a sudden interest,” Honigstein said.
“He’s had a cult following among Bundesliga supremos for quite a while. There’s been a lot of clubs interested in him, and he’s made so much progress.
“His stock has risen to the point where he’s gone from Borussia Monchengladbach to Dortmund, to right at the top now where Bayern are interested in him.
“It’s the [Jadon] Sancho effect – everyone thinks they can get the next Sancho, and I also think from his point of view, he thinks he can be the next Sancho, doing what Sancho’s done going to the Bundesliga.”
Chelsea have a lot of players on their books and for a youngster to make it into the first team, he needs to be exceptional.
The likes of Kurt Zouma, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ethan Ampadu are all hopefuls of becoming Blues regulars in the future, but have a host of international stars ahead of them in the pecking order.
Chelsea’s policy of signing young players and then moving them on for a profit has worked to a degree in recent years, but the London club will regret selling the likes of Mo Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.