The Daily Mail are suggesting that Monaco, who have just appointed Thierry Henry as their new manager, could be ready to swoop on Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi in the January transfer window.
Monaco’s current sporting director is none other than Michael Emenalo, who held the same position at Stamford Bridge between 2011-2017, and has said to have targeted the 17-year old as a potential signing in the new year for the French giants. Working under a Premier League legend in Thierry Henry will be sold to Hudson-Odoi if the club get the chance to make advances.
Callum Hudson-Odoi had a sensational pre-season, taking full advantage of star talent such as Eden Hazard having an extended break from the World Cup campaign, however the Englishman has yet to feature in any of the Premier League games, and his last minutes came in the Community Shield back in August.
English talent playing overseas, in the form of Ademola Lookman, Jadon Sancho, Reiss Nelson these past months – combined with their immediate impacts, has left clubs such as Monaco wondering if they too should be getting in on the act of young talent getting limited gametime with their Premier League clubs.
Callum Hudson-Odoi already has a U17 World Cup winners medal to his name, and having been the Blues’ starring player in pre-season it would be little surprise to see a Monaco try and tempt him away with the promise of first team football, and potentially Champions League football thrown in the mix.
Bundesliga side RB Leipzig are also interested, according to the Daily Mail, and with their head of recruitment being an Englishman, Paul Mitchell, Hudson-Odoi could also see the benefit of playing at one of Germany’s up and coming clubs, playing in Europe and at a club that has given young British talent a chance – Oliver Burke (now at West Brom) and Ademola Lookman (Everton).