According to latest reports, Arsenal are considering making a shock transfer move for Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi in the summer transfer window. The winger is likely to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer and he could serve as a great back-up option for Mikel Arteta.
Hudson-Odoi has made 126 senior appearances for Chelsea in all competitions (stats via Transfermarkt). He was one of the most discussed youngsters at Chelsea during his time in the academy. He did show a lot of promise when playing in the Premier League 2. However, when he got promoted to the senior team, a few matches went his way and others did not.
The 22-year-old is currently on loan at Bayer Leverkusen. He still has 6 more months with the German club before returning to Stamford Bridge in the summer. However, the English international’s contract expires in June 2024 and the Blues will be looking to get some revenue out of the player. On the other hand, the forward will also search for a club where he gets some playing time.
According to The Guardian, Chelsea are planning an overhaul of their squad after spending £600 million in January on transfers. The Blues have signed enough players in a single season to field a second team strong enough to challenge other Premier League clubs. They will now be looking to sort out the wage situation and encourage more departures.
As per the report, Arsenal are currently tracking the progress of Callum Hudson-Odoi. The English forward has emerged as an unexpected target for the North London side and the club could make an attempt to sign the player in the summer window. He was also linked with a move to the Emirates last July.
The Gunners want to improve their squad depth and have some idea about the potential of the 22-year-old winger. Emile Smith Rowe is still out with an injury. Moreover, the English forward is unlikely to continue with the Blues considering the amount of money they have spent this transfer window.
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Arsenal are planning on improving the quality of their squad. Gabriel Jesus was thought to be one of the most important players in the squad. But the Brazilian has missed a lot of matches due to injuries this season. Arteta will need better squad depth to compete in all the competitions throughout the season next year.
Should Arsenal Push To Sign Callum Hudson-Odoi?
The Athletic reports that Hudson-Odoi will be available for a bargain fee with only one year remaining in his contract in the summer. Arsenal should pounce on any chance that allows them to save their financial resources, especially as they currently have a well-rounded squad. They are currently not desperate to break the bank but will have to leave out a few players because of their age.
Bayern Munich legend Arjen Robben once deemed Callum Hudson-Odoi as one of the best talents in Europe. The Bavarians also did try to sign the 22-year-old forward on multiple occasions. However, they failed to reach an agreement with the Blues. Fans have also compared him to Joe Cole and Serge Gnabry when he is on song.
One of the best things about the English forward is that he can play as a left midfielder, attacking midfielder and also as a left winger. At Chelsea, he also played as a makeshift right wing-back. Considering he favours playing on the wing, he has very good technical and dribbling skills which attract a lot of fouls from the opposition.
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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has a reputation for trusting youngsters and getting the best out of them. It won’t be a shock if the Spanish manager repeats the same process with Callum Hudson-Odoi at Arsenal.
Moreover, for a cheap price, it does make sense for the Gunners to make their move for the English international. The introduction of Hudson-Odoi will also bring some healthy competition within the squad, pushing each other to do better.
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