Chelsea are close to renewing the contract of academy graduate Callum Hudson-Odoi , according to ESPN FC pundit Gabriele Marcotti.
The youngster is one of the most highly-rated wingers in world football after an impressive season at Stamford Bridge this season and his performances for Maurizio Sarri’s side over the past 12 months have caught the attentions of Bayern Munich and Liverpool.
And with the club facing the prospect of not being able to sign any players during the summer window, Marcotti has claimed that we are very close to securing a £100,000-a-week deal for the talented winger.
“Hudson-Odoi I would expect is more likely to sign, there was talk they’d reached a deal in principle,” he said on ESPN.
“Obviously he’s injured for yonks but you’ll have Willian, you’ll have Pedro, you’ll have [Christian] Pulisic coming in.
“You’ve got Mason Mount, you’ve got Reece James, you’ve got a whole bunch of really young players.”
Meanwhile, Pundit Darren Bent has told the club that the young talent at the club should be the Eden Hazard replacements.
After months of speculation and frustration, Real Madrid finally reached an agreement on the sale of Hazard and the Belgian completed his switch earlier this week.
That has led to a lot of speculation about whom we will try and sign as an adequate replacement for Hazard, with the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Gareth Bale and Leon Bailey all linked with a big move to the club.
However, Bent has told the club they should hand the talented players at the club the chance to replace Hazard.
“It’s going to be tough [to find a new manager],” Bent said on Sky Sports News.
“They’re in the Champions League which is a good incentive, but you can’t sign anyone.
“Chelsea, they’ve got over 40 youngsters out on loan to be fair and some of them have been knocking on the door for quite a while.
“You talk about Mason Mount at Derby, Tammy Abraham, so they’ve got young players to work with.
“But it is tough as a manager if you’re going into such a high-profile club like Chelsea and you can’t buy any players and you’re about to lose your best player.
“You’re going to need time. Whatever manager that does go there is going to need time, you can’t expect him to turn it around in one year where you can’t sign anyone and as I said you’re losing your best player.
“It’s still an attractive job, you still want to manage Chelsea Football Club but it may be a little trickier than you actually think.”
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