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Transfer gossip: How Callum Hudson-Odoi could fit in at Liverpool, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Borssia Dortmund

Callum Hudson-Odoi’s rise through the Chelsea ranks to becoming a full England international has been nothing short of spectacular.

Known by just the hardcore Blues fans this time last year, the 18-year-old has dazzled on the wings at Stamford Bridge so far this season.

Callum Hudson-Odoi starred for England during the international break

Sensing a star talent may well be about to burn, Gareth Southgate thrust the youngster into his senior Three Lions squad and reaped instant rewards.

But naturally, interested parties have begun to circle ominously around the talented teen as uncertainty around his future mounts.

Bayern Munich tried to bring the forward to Bavaria in the winter window, but saw their eye-watering offer rejected.

With manager Maurizio Sarri seemingly unable to trust Hudson-Odoi with a starting berth at the Bridge, the summer transfer window may well see Chelsea’s resolve tested.

Sancho and Hudson-Odoi could tear it up for the Three Lions for more than a decade

As well as Bayern, fellow Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund are keen on Hudson-Odoi as they eye another English starlet to play alongside Jadon Sancho.

And the youngster has no shortage of Premier League suitors, should he wish to stay in the country. Liverpool and Manchester United have been linked with moves for the teen.

But where would he fit in best? Scroll down to see our tactical analysis of his potential moves.


Chelsea would be loath to lose such a precocious young talent

At Chelsea, Hudson-Odoi’s chances have been largely limited to Europa League and Carabao Cup appearances.

But, if Eden Hazard is to leave for Real Madrid finally, a space could open up on the left-wing for the talented teen to flourish.

With Christian Pulisic already joining in the summer, the wingers could provide the mobility and trickery to both supply and then go beyond the lone striker of Gonzalo Higuain.

Maurizio Sarri is tactically versatile and, if he decides, can instruct Hudson-Odoi to drift inside for Emerson to overlap or stay pinned to the right alongside Cesar Azpilicueta.


The crafty Niko Kovac wants the Englishman to be part of his revolution

As reported by various media outlets, the reigning German champions tried to sign the 18-year-old for around £40million.

After enduring a rocky start to his tenure, new coach Niko Kovac is starting to get his ideas across at the Allianz Arena.

Determined, versatile and ruthless, the Croatian tends to switch between a 4-3-3 or a 4-2-3-1 – depending on who the Bavarians are playing.

Regardless of what their defensive shape is, the pace and direct style of the Chelsea winger would be perfect for Kovac’s style and would soften the blow of losing Franck Ribery.


Bundesliga defences would be petrified

Under Lucien Favre, Dortmund have returned from their slumber to take the Bundesliga by storm.

Consistency is key for the Swiss manager, who has got the best out of Marco Rues once again as he did at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Deployed in a central attacking midfield role, the 29-year-old wreaks havoc between the lines of defences and creates as well as scores for his side.

With the captain in full flow, Hudson-Odoi and Sancho would be tasked with creating for the clinical Paco Alcacer up top.


Signing Hudson-Odoi could be the catalyst for Mohamed Salah to recapture his form

As mentioned previously, Hudson-Odoi possesses all the technical and physical attributes to fit into a dynamic and explosive system.

Surely there is no-one better to guide him than heavy-metal enthusiast Jurgen Klopp? The Chelsea winger could become a Kop favourite with his eye for goal and silky skills.

With Mohamed Salah stuttering in front of goal, a move up front to restore his confidence and stretch teams would at least allow others to be brought into play.

If defenders drop deeper to compensate for the Egyptian’s pace, they grant the Englishman and fellow winger Mane space to exploit.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attempts to restore an attacking philosophy at Old Trafford could hinge on this signing

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being announced as the next permanent manager of Manchester United, some fans may already be casting their glance towards the summer transfer window.

You can guarantee that is exactly what Ed Woodward will be doing and Hudson-Odoi has already been linked.

Solskjaer is a stickler for tradition, such as by re-introducing club suits. A move back to the traditional days of an aggressive 4-4-2 system could be next.

With natural strikers Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford able to interchange on the left, the Wandsworth-native could rampage down the right at Old Trafford for fun.


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