Sunday, January 26, 2020

Are Dortmund set to swap one English starlet for another?

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In one of my recent articles, I wrote about the exciting young teen wingers Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi. The pair are two of England’s current squad members and both are highly-rated.

According to the Daily Mirror, Dortmund are looking at Hudson-Odoi as a potential replacement for Sancho, who they reportedly value at £100million. Signing Hudson-Odoi would be a coup for Dortmund.

Dortmund could sell Sancho this summer

Borussia Dortmund have become the masters of buying low, developing players and then selling them on to keep the business sustainable. Sancho is a typical example of BVB spotting a gem that needed polishing and developing him into a very good player.

Dortmund signed Sancho for what now seems like the bargain price of just £10million. It is not unimaginable that the German club would now sell the youngster for ten times what they paid for him.

The 18-year-old has developed a reputation as one of the brightest young stars in the European game. Manchester City, Manchester United and PSG have all been linked with a move for the winger. However, it is United who have emerged as favourites to sign Sancho at odds of 5/1. It would be a turn up for the books, as Sancho came through the young system at their city rivals.

Hudson-Odoi’s Chelsea future in doubt

Despite never starting a Premier League game, just like his friend Sancho, Hudson-Odoi has a burgeoning reputation in the game. His flair and pace have caught the eye in his cameo appearances for Chelsea in recent months.

The problem that Chelsea face is that the youngster will have just 12 months left on his contract this summer. The 18-year-old has so far refused to sign a new deal with the club from Stamford Bridge.

Media reports suggest that the winger is holding out on signing a new deal until he is reassured of his involvement in the first-team next season. However, with head coach Maurizio Sarri’s future at the club in doubt, he is unlikely to get those sorts of assurances.

It seems a big-money summer move may be in the offing for the winger. Bavarian giants Bayern Munich saw a big-money bid rejected for the star in January, while Bundesliga rivals RB Leipzig have also been heavily linked with a summer move for the winger.

Dortmund could not be ruled out as Hudson-Odoi’s next destination. I am sure Sancho would give the German club a glowing report. The fact that Sancho has played a lot of first-team football of this season shows they are a club who give young players a chance to shine.

Hudson-Odoi to Dortmund could prove ideal for both parties

This may not be what Chelsea fans want to hear, but a move to Dortmund may well prove ideal for Hudson-Odoi. Chelsea will not want to lose him in the summer, especially with a transfer ban looming.

However, the Blues hierarchy will know that they would be playing a dangerous game allowing the young winger to enter the last year of his deal. Chelsea would only get a small development fee if the winger chose to leave in the summer of 2020.

Hudson-Odoi seems like the kind of young player that would thrive when given regular first-team football. A move to Dortmund would provide him with the chance for far more game time at the top level of football in the Bundesliga and also the Champions League.

This story is an interesting one. We will have to wait and see if there is any substance to it. However, looking from the outside in, Hudson-Odoi to Dortmund to replace Sancho would be a logical move for everybody, apart from Chelsea of course.

Will Callum Hudson-Odoi replace Jadon Sancho at Dortmund this summer?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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