Chelsea exile continues with fringe first-teamer set for Germany after transfer scramble sees deal agreed

Callum Hudson-Odoi, Malang Sarr, N'Golo Kante of Chelsea, February 2022

Callum Hudson-Odoi will have a medical on Monday to finalise a loan move from Chelsea to Bayer Leverkusen, according to a report.

The 21-year-old burst onto the scene in the 2017/18 season and continued his rise the following campaign. But despite some spells of impressive form, he has struggled to hold down a starting role.

Hudson-Odoi subsequently had strong transfer ties to Bayern Munich for a number of transfer windows, although nothing transpired on that front.

Last term, the England international only managed 15 Premier League appearances before injury halted his progress.

His future has therefore proved the subject of further speculation in recent weeks.

Sky Sports News in fact claims that as many as 20 clubs have been looking at signing Hudson-Odoi. However, it is Bundesliga side Leverkusen who have won the race.

Although, the straight loan until the end of the season has proved hard to come by in the end.

The source claims that the move looked in ‘danger of collapse’ in recent days. Leverkusen wanted an option to buy Hudson-Odoi next summer, which Chelsea refused.

Callum Hudson-Odoi set for Leverkusen

Nevertheless, the attacker’s brother and agent has managed to convince Leverkusen to accept Chelsea’s demands. Talks went on into Sunday night and into early Monday morning, but both sides have come to an agreement.

Hudson-Odoi will travel to Germany for his medical on Monday for what will be his first loan spell away from Stamford Bridge.

The three-time England man made his name as a winger but also played as a wing-back for Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel last season.

He enjoyed a fruitful spell in the Premier League last term, scoring three goals in six games. Hudson-Odoi also starred in the Champions League group stages with a goal and two assists.

Chelsea man still in the big time

However, Hudson-Odoi will want significantly more game time with Leverkusen than he has got at Chelsea in recent seasons.

The German side are in the Champions League this term, so the winger can still make a name for himself on the big stage.

In the Bundesliga, meanwhile, Hudson-Odoi will look to get Leverkusen’s early-season form back on track.

Leverkusen, who will want to qualify again for the Champions League, have won only one of four games this term.

The Bundesliga has seen many English talents impress in recent years, such as Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham.

Leverkusen is also where Chelsea signed Kai Havertz from, so Hudson-Odoi will want to impress as the German did.

The Englishman will have one year left on his Blues contract next summer, so Chelsea will likely evaluate his long-term future at the club at the end of the season.