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Bayer Leverkusen to win race for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi?

Bayer Leverkusen to win race for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi?

Bayer Leverkusen are reportedly likely to win the race to secure a season-long loan deal for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Having missed the final three months of last season due to an Achilles issue, the academy graduate has worked his way back to fitness during pre-season.

However, the 21-year-old is yet to feature for Chelsea this season, initially being omitted from the squad on the opening day of the new Premier League campaign.

That appeared to set the ball in motion with regards to an exit from Stamford Bridge, whether that be on a permanent or temporary basis.

A wide range of clubs have been linked with the player’s signature, including teams from England’s top flight and abroad.

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi in action against Club America on July 17, 2022© Reuters

According to Sky Sports News, Bayer Leverkusen have the edge in negotiations for Hudson-Odoi and appear likely to get a loan over the line.

The report claims that Hudson-Odoi’s representatives have been holding discussions with the Bundesliga outfit regarding a straight loan deal.

With the wideman having just two years remaining on his contract at Chelsea, the West Londoners will likely attempt to extend his terms by 12 months in order to strengthen their position regarding the player’s future.

Leverkusen have endured a disastrous start to the new Bundesliga season, losing each of their three fixtures and scoring just one goal.

Bayer Leverkusen coach Gerardo Seoane reacts on April 2, 2022© Reuters

However, Leverkusen have qualified for the group stages of the Champions League, something which is likely to have attracted Hudson-Odoi to the BayArena.

Thomas Tuchel is keen to make changes to his attack before the end of the summer transfer window and Hudson-Odoi is just one of several creative players who have been linked with an exit.

Although Christian Pulisic appears more likely to stay at Chelsea as it stands, Hakim Ziyech could return to Ajax if Antony signs for Manchester United.

Chelsea are reportedly hoping to replace either Hudson-Odoi or Ziyech with Everton’s Anthony Gordon, who will allegedly cost in the region of £60m.

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