Newcastle United have reportedly been handed a boost in the pursuit of Callum Hudson-Odoi, with Chelsea open to selling him for the right price this summer.
According to The Sun, despite lodging a £35 million bid, Newcastle United will not sign Everton sensation Anthony Gordon. The Magpies are thus pursuing Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi instead, with the Blues willing to listen to offers for their fringe star.
Following deals for Matt Targett, Nick Pope and Sven Botman, Newcastle are in the market for a goalscoring winger this summer. Eddie Howe is looking to reduce the creative and scoring workload on Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson in the final third, with talk of moves for Moussa Diaby and the Gordon in the pipeline.
However, the former may prove to be too expensive, with Bayer Leverkusen demanding a whopping £60 million. And the Magpies have just had a £35 million bid knocked back for the latter. This has forced them to shift their focus elsewhere, and the Newcastle hierarchy have received a potential lifeline, with Chelsea now open to selling Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is thought to be on their radar.
Hudson-Odoi has been with Chelsea for almost 15 years so far, progressing through the academy at Cobham to become a regular member of the first-team squad since being promoted in 2019. But ever since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival, the youngster has struggled to get minutes and has failed to achieve the heights of his debut season under Maurizio Sarri back in 2019.
Last season, Hudson-Odoi made 28 appearances in all competitions but managed just 11 Premier League starts before missing the last quarter of the campaign with an Achilles injury. Although he has since returned to pre-season training in a bid to reclaim his spot, the imminent arrival of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City would push him further down the pecking order, meaning the 21-year-old could be on the move this summer.
Back in 2020, Bayern Munich were interested in a swoop for Hudson-Odoi, but he turned down a contract offer from the Bundesliga giants. And while he may not have such an elite option on the table this time around, Newcastle have emerged as a potential destination as he looks to resurrect his still fledgling football career.
The Magpies have the richest owners in the world and are a club on the up and going in the right direction since Eddie Howe’s arrival. A talented and versatile attacker who can operate on both flanks or as an attacking midfielder, signing Hudson-Odoi would indeed represent a shrewd piece of business from Newcastle.
At just 21 years of age, the Chelsea forward still has the potential to become one of the best in the world and has the relevant top-level experience to make an immediate impact. Whether Newcastle follow up their interest with a formal bid to bring the Chelsea winger to Tyneside remains to be seen.