Hudson-Odoi to turn down contract offer from Chelsea
Ghanaian Callum Hudson-Odoi will turn down a fresh contract from Chelsea in order to join Bayern Munich hopefully in the summer, according to reports in the English media.
The 18-year-old is wanted by the German giants who have had two bids already rejected by the Blues.
Hudson-Odoi is said to be frustrated by the lack of first team opportunities under manager Maurizio Sarri and rather prefers to move to Bayern.
Chelsea now risk losing the youngster for a massively cut price in the summer having rejected a £35m offer from Bayern in this January window.
According to reports in the DailyMail, Hudson-Odoi has made told Chelsea he wants to leave but will not go on strike in the bid to force his move.
He is thus poised to refuse any contract renewal offer from Chelsea to as he runs down his contract which expires in the summer of 2020.
The English youth star who can also feature for Ghana at senior international level would be eligible to sign a pre-contract agreement with Bayern in a year’s time.
This would mean that Chelsea would be entitled only to FIFA’s training compensation fee, which industry insiders believe will amount to less than £500,000.
If Hudson-Odoi was to move to a different Premier League club, Chelsea would receive a major payout via an arbitration panel but the system operates differently when a player moves abroad under the age of 24 and Chelsea would receive a relative pittance under FIFA’s guidelines.
David Seligman, a sports lawyer at Brandsmiths, told Sportsmail: ‘If the player were to leave at the end of his contract then the Profession Football Compensation Committee would not have any jurisdiction to determine compensation due to Chelsea and only the FIFA’s regulations concerning Training Compensation will come into play.’
If Hudson-Odoi agrees a pre-contract agreement next January, Bayern would be duty bound to pay Chelsea a fee for every year he has trained at the club since the age of 12 but even this is estimated to come to less than £500,000.