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Borussia Dortmund are set to make a move for Chelsea and England star Callum Hudson-Odoi in the next few days as the summer transfer window reaches its conclusion.
The 20-year-old is yet to feature for Thomas Tuchel's side so far this season and has found himself behind the likes of Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and new boy Romelu Lukaku in the Blues' attacking ranks.
This is not the first time Hudson-Odoi has been linked with a move to Germany. Over the last two seasons, he has been watched by European giants Bayern Munich on several occasions, although a transfer between the two clubs was put to bed when he signed a new contract at Stamford Bridge in 2019.
The Guardian understands that both Tuchel and Hudson-Odoi see the latter's future to be in West London, although the newspaper believes this will not deter Dortmund's interest.
Following his Chelsea debut in August 2018, Hudson-Odoi has won a number of admirers for his pacey, positive style of play. He made his international debut for The Three Lions 19 months later in a 5-0 win against the Czech Republic at Wembley, becoming the youngest player to ever make his debut in a competitive match for England since Duncan Edwards back in 1955.
Despite his bright start for the national team, the winger has not been part of Gareth Southgate's plans in recent months. He was not selected for this summer's Euro 2020 squad, nor for the World Cup Qualifiers which are taking place in September. Hudson-Odoi also turned down the chance to reunite with England's U21s' team in order to focus on his development at club level.
"It's his decision and nothing to do with my opinion or the club's," Tuchel said. "If I speculate a little bit I think it's about disappointment that he's not nominated for the first team, but at the same time maybe he did not have enough minutes for the first team.
I could see the upgrade in having some minutes and being in a leading role for the Under 21s, but he decided differently so he will deal with the consequences."
At just 20 years old and with the ability to play in a number of different positions and formations, it feels like Hudson-Odoi will still have a big say in how this season unfolds.
Whether that's in a blue or yellow shirt remains to be seen.
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