Callum Hudson-Odoi’s proposed loan move to Bayern Munich ultimately broke down due to ‘major differences’ between the two clubs.
Hudson-Odoi was once again linked with long-term admirers Bayern after falling down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, with the Bundesliga giants keen to sign the youngster as they sought to bolster their wide options.
Bayern had previously seen approaches for the winger rejected last summer before Hudson-Odoi signed a new long-term contract at Chelsea, though the European champions returned with renewed interest during this summer’s transfer window following the player’s recent lack of opportunities under Frank Lampard.
According to SportBild, Bayern sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, held ‘several’ talks with Chelsea’s Marina Granovskaia over a proposed season-long loan deal, but the west London side’s excessive demands halted the move.
Chelsea were keen to incorporate various clauses into the deal, including a fine should Hudson-Odoi not play enough games and a purchase obligation of €77 million (£70m) should he reach a certain number of games during his time in Bavaria.
Those ‘major differences’ ultimately led to Bayern withdrawing their interest and looking at alternative targets, with the club completing a loan deal for Juventus’ Douglas Costa on deadline day, the Brazil international returning to the Allianz Arena for a second spell after previously winning two Bundesliga titles at Bayern.
Hudson-Odoi will now remain with Chelsea and will hope to force his way into Lampard’s plans as he bids to reestablish himself ahead of next summer’s European Championships, the teenager having seen the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley depart the Blues on loan this summer in a bid to boost their international ambitions with England.