CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs has reported that Newcastle United’s interest in Callum Hudson-Odoi is real – but it will take a lot for the club to sign the winger.
The Magpies have been linked with a number of high-profile players this summer as a result of the rebuild under their new owners, like superstars Neymar and Marco Asensio.
However, these links do not have much evidence to suggest the interest is genuine, but Jacobs has revealed that one link, in England international Hudson-Odoi, is in fact real – although Chelsea may be reluctant to sell at this point.
Jacobs told NUFC Matters: “Hudson-Odoi, by the way, would be a great signing for a club like Newcastle United. At the moment, I think Chelsea are just assessing his future and Newcastle haven’t made any kind of formal move at all.
“The interest I think is real there on Newcastle’s part, though, and the thing with Hudson-Odoi is that he’s only just back to full fitness, so it’s going to take quite a lot to persuade Chelsea to sell him to anybody.”
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Interestingly, Ian Wright called the 21-year-old a ‘major talent’, so there’s clearly something there. And, it appears as if Newcastle fans want him as the response was pretty unanimous after the links emerged recently.
While Newcastle has already secured incredible transfers like Bruno Guimaraes, Kieran Trippier and Sven Botman, bringing in a player with the profile and potential of Hudson-Odoi would surely excite fans and strike fear into the opposition, as only a couple of years ago, the 21-year-old was linked with a move to European giants Bayern Munich.
It is no secret that Hudson-Odoi has suffered injury problems in recent seasons, as he picked up a hip injury during the 2020/21 season and an Achilles tendon problem last term, which saw him miss 14 games for the Blues.
During his limited games last season, however, the English winger impressed with three goals and six assists in all competitions, while ranking in the 94th percentile for progressive carries and in the 92nd for shot-creating actions compared to other attacking midfielders and wingers across Europe’s top five leagues (as per FBref).
It is unknown how much a fee for Hudson-Odoi would set the Magpies back this summer, but with his clear potential and young age, it would not be surprising if they have to pay a premium to secure his signature. Despite this, acquiring a player of his talents could be good for both now and the future as long as he stays healthy.
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