By Middleton Prince
Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi is the latest English youngster to be targeted by the Bundesliga’s elite.
Our correspondent understands Bayern Munich are set to table a starting offer of £13million for the 18-year-old when the January transfer window opens.
But Bayern are not the only German club monitoring Hudson-Odoi, with Borussia Dortmund credited with an interest, was well as other Bundesliga sides.
Hudson-Odoi is highly rated at Chelsea, and viewed as one of the best talents to emerge from the club’s academy in recent years.
Chelsea, it is understood, would look to insert a buy-back clause into any deal that would see Hudson-Odoi leave permanently.
The teenager has found first-team football hard to come by under Maurizio Sarri, making five senior appearances this season — but just one in the Premier League.
He came on as a 43rd-minute substitute in Wednesday’s win at Watford, but was later subbed by Sarri, who insisted his decision was due to a hamstring injury sustained by the winger.
The youngster is said to be keeping an open mind about his future.
While he knows he is valued at Chelsea, particularly given his status as a homegrown player, the attacker is keen to start playing regular first-team football.
German clubs have raided England’s top sides in recent years.
Jadon Sancho is excelling at Borussia Dortmund after leaving Manchester City — earning his first England call-up earlier this year.
Arsenal attacker Reiss Nelson is also close to a senior international call-up after impressing during a loan spell at Hoffenheim.
And last season Reece Oxford and Ademola Lookman impressed on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach and RB Leipzig respectively.