BAYERN MUNICH are ready to up their offer for Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi to £45M. The German giants will rise their January bid by a massive £10M when they approach the Blues next week to try and do a deal for the 18yrs-old attacker. But boss Frank Lampard is adamant Hudson-Odoi will play a crucial part in his new-look Chelsea side next season.
That will not stop Munich, with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic telling the German Press the Bavarians have made the England intn'l their top priority this summer. Munich have lost wingers Arjen Robben, who retired, and Franck Ribery, so are determined to bring in the highly-rated youngster they have been chasing for the last year. The problem for Chelsea is the transfer ban which means they would be unable to replace Hudson-Odoi or talisman Eden Hazard.
The teenager is currently recovering from an injury, so missed Blues' 1st 2 pre-season games of their tour of Ireland. One player who seems like a new signing is USA intn'l Christian Pulisic. Having been on loan at Borussia Dortmund last term, Lamps hopes the £58M signing will have a huge impact next season, working with Hudson-Odoi and either Michy Batshuayi or Tammy Abraham in a 3-pronged attack. Another youngster keen to make an impact on the 1st team at Stamford Bridge is midfielder Mason Mount.
By Onyemalu Amaechi