Bayer Leverkusen have agreed a season-long loan deal with Chelsea for winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Hudson-Odoi is expected to fly to Germany on Monday for a medical.
The move was in danger of collapse 24 hours ago as Leverkusen wanted an option inserted in the deal, but Chelsea only wanted a straight loan. It will be the first time the forward has been loaned out by the club.
Talks went into the night with Hudson-Odoi’s representative – his brother Bradley – able to convince Leverkusen to take the deal on the terms Chelsea wanted.
Sky Sports News was told last week that there was late interest from another German club – but the player’s preferred destination is Leverkusen.
Hudson-Odoi and his representatives listened to all offers and spoke to a number of clubs before deciding Leverkusen presented the best option for his development.
As many as 20 clubs – both in England and in Europe – were thought to have been interested in signing Hudson-Odoi earlier this summer.
The forward came through the youth ranks at Chelsea and has two years left on his current contract, scoring 16 goals in 126 appearances since his first team debut in 2018.
He came close to joining Borussia Dortmund on loan last summer – only for Chelsea to block the move on Deadline Day.
Fofana set for Chelsea medical ahead of £70m move
Wesley Fofana is set to undergo his Chelsea medical on Monday ahead of a £70m move from Leicester.
Fofana has reportedly flown to the USA for the tests.
According to The Athletic, this is for new owner Toddy Boehly’s “peace of mind” after Fofana’s serious injury last season. He missed most of the campaign due to a fractured fibula.
Chelsea and Leicester reached a verbal agreement on Friday after a protracted saga over his valuation. Leicester had wanted more than the £80m they got from Manchester United for Harry Maguire.
This had frustrated the player and he was left out of the last two games against Chelsea and Southampton.
But Fofana is now expected to sign a six-year deal as a Chelsea player and fulfil his dream of emulating Didier Drogba by playing for the club.
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