Chelsea desperate retain £40m-rated attacker’s signature

Borussia Dortmund will challenge Bayern Munich for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi if they lose Jadon Sancho this summer.

The England international has been heavily linked with a return to his homeland following a breakthrough season at the Westfalenstadion, with Manchester United believed to be particularly interested in the 18-year-old winger.

BVB have reportedly put a £100 million asking price on Jadon Sancho’s head, and The Mirror reports that they would use the bulk of that money to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi as a readymade replacement.

The attacker’s future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain, with the 18-year-old growing disappointed by a lack of regular first-team football under Maurizio Sarri.

The teenager has earned a maiden call-up to the England squad despite never having started a Premier League game for the Blues, with his form in the Europa League and cup competitions enough to impress head coach Gareth Southgate.

Chelsea rejected some bids for their academy graduate from Bayern Munich during the winter transfer window, as well as refusing a transfer request from the player himself, but they are braced for renewed interest this summer transfer window.

The FA Cup holders’ situation is complicated by uncertainty surrounding the future of Eden Hazard – whose departure would open up more first-team chances for Callum Hudson-Odoi – as well as their two-window transfer ban which has been appealed.

The Blues would risk losing their rising star for a cut-price fee if they refuse to offload this summer and the player does not sign a new deal, and Dortmund are hopeful that they can take advantage of that situation.