Sarri must give Hudson-Odoi first-team football as Man United join transfer hunt

Manchester United are interested in securing the signing of Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, per the Daily Mail.

The teenager, who made his England debut against the Czech Republic on Friday, has also been of interest to German giants Bayern Munich.

What’s the word?

Bayern made a bid worth £35million for Hudson-Odoi in January, per the aforementioned report, but he has yet to start a Premier League game for the Blues.

The 18-year-old’s current deal expires next summer but he has yet to agree to terms on a renewal.

Chelsea, of course, will be under a transfer ban in the summer and, with Eden Hazard’s future also up in the air, Hudson-Odoi’s situation is a complex one.

The Mail report that Bayern will return with a £30m bid in the summer but both United and Liverpool are also said to be monitoring developments.

Hudson-Odoi has scored five goals for the Blues, with the majority coming in the Europa League.

Convince him to stay by giving him regular football

Maurizio Sarri simply cannot let a talent like Hudson-Odoi slip through his fingers.

Chelsea have a very clear way of keeping him at the football club: play him regularly.

If they don’t, it would not be difficult to see the starlet seeking pastures new.

In recent seasons, United have brought through the likes of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard and Hudson-Odoi may well believe the grass is greener at Old Trafford.

If the Blues were to lose him to a Premier League rival, the blow would hurt all the more but they would only have themselves to blame.

Sarri’s side splashed the cash in January to sign Christian Pulisic even with Hudson-Odoi under their nose.

The question now is clear: do they value the Englishman enough to embed him into the starting XI or will he become another of the Blues’ escaped wonderkids, alongside Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and United’s Romelu Lukaku?