How Marina Granovskaia played hardball in late Bayern calls over Hudson-Odoi

Callum Hudson-Odoi's proposed loan move to Bayern Munich didn't come to fruition due to a number of clauses Chelsea wanted to put into the agreement, it's been claimed.

The German champions reignited their longstanding interest in the England winger late in the summer transfer window.

Bayern – who had multiple bids for Hudson-Odoi rejected last summer – wanted to sign the 19-year-old on loan with a view to permanently acquiring services next summer.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia was open to the deal, which she entertained in a series of phone calls, but wanted to put a string of clauses in the deal.

And according to Sport Bild , one of those clauses would've seen a penalty imposed on Bayern if Hudson-Odoi didn't play a certain number of games.

Granovskaia is also said to have wanted to place an obligation-to-buy clause if the teenager made a certain number of appearances for Bayern.

Bayern were reportedly unhappy with the stipulations, which led them to cool their interest in the winger.

Premier League's most expensive kit deals

  1. Manchester United (Adidas) – £75m-a-season
  2. Liverpool (Nike) – £70m-a-season*
  3. Manchester City (Puma) – £65m-a-season
  4. Chelsea (Nike) – £60m-a-season
  5. Arsenal (Adidas) – £50m-a-season
  6. Tottenham (Nike) – £30m-a-season

*If bonuses are met

Hudson-Odoi has made five appearances for Chelsea this season, finding the back of the net once for the west Londoners.

And Blues legend Gianfranco Zola has backed the coveted winger to be a huge success at Stamford Bridge.

"When you are talking about a young player you are talking about how good he is and how good he can become and certainly Callum is one of those players who has huge potential," the Italian told Sky Sports.

"It will be down to him to keep working and improving, but in my opinion, he has a bright future ahead of him because he has qualities not many players have.

"Now it is down to him to use those qualities in the best way.

"You don't have to just work on your game, you have to work on yourself. This is the last step to becoming a big, big player."

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