Report from transfer guru, Fabrizio Romano indicates that English international of Ghanaian descent Callum Hudson-Odoi is the latest Chelsea player to attract interest from Saudi Arabian clubs.
As Chelsea aims to bolster their Financial Fair Play position before the end of the season, they are required to implement various cost-cutting measures.
There is a possibility that Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, and Kai Havertz could depart for rival Premier League clubs in the future, but a potential pathway out of Stamford Bridge has emerged with clubs from the Saudi Pro League showing interest.
Recently, it was confirmed that N’Golo Kante signed with Al-Ittihad, rejecting the opportunity to extend his stay at Chelsea. The Chelsea hierarchy has engaged in discussions with relevant officials to explore potential player sales, with up to three players possibly being sold for a transfer fee.
Edouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Hakim Ziyech are all rumored to be on the verge of joining different teams in Saudi Arabia, which would also help Chelsea reduce their wage bill.
According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, two teams from the aforementioned league have expressed interest in securing a deal for Hudson-Odoi. The young winger recently returned to Chelsea following an underwhelming loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen, where he contributed only one goal and one assist in 21 appearances.
Leverkusen opted not to make his move permanent, leaving Chelsea open to considering offers from other clubs as Hudson-Odoi has just one year remaining on his contract.
It remains unclear whether the 22-year-old would be willing to make a move to Saudi Arabia at this stage of his career, and discussions have not yet begun on the player’s side. However, Hudson-Odoi, who has registered 16 goals and 22 assists in 126 appearances for Chelsea, could potentially explore this option.
In recent weeks, Nottingham Forest and Lazio have also been linked with potential bids for the talented attacker, with Lazio managed by Maurizio Sarri, who handed Hudson-Odoi his Chelsea debut.
If Hudson-Odoi is sold, it would be seen as a significant financial boost for Chelsea, as any transfer fee received would be recorded as pure profit, which is necessary for the club after spending over £600 million across two transfer windows.