As the transfer window winds down, clubs across Europe are desperate to squeeze any last-minute purchases in at the last minute. Borussia Dortmund are no exception. While signing a new right back, either permanently or on loan, seems like a pretty obvious priority, that doesn’t mean that BVB shouldn’t look to strengthen their squad in other ways.
According to Sky Sports, Dortmund’s front office is looking to do just that by inquiring about the services of Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi. The 20-year-old English winger has been linked with a move to the Bundesliga for several years now. He’s struggled to break into Chelsea’s stacked first-team squad, and the Bundesliga could be a place for him to develop while receiving significant minutes. If Dortmund do sign him, it would most likely be on loan.
Hudson-Odoi is certainly a promising player. At his young age, he’s averaged about 0.5 G+A/90 in the Champions League and Premier League over the past two seasons. His ball progression numbers are also solid, indicating he can be valuable in the buildup. Even though Marco Rose’s current system doesn’t call for traditional wingers necessarily, CHO is flexible enough that he could surely fit into the squad somewhere. Furthermore, Rose has already demonstrated that he isn’t completely rigid, and is more than willing to tweak his system depending on the players he has available.
There are a few barriers to be overcome before this transfer can take place. While a loan would remove the possibility of a heavy transfer fee, Hudson-Odoi’s wages are reportedly quite heavy at £120,000 per week. While BVB can certainly afford these wages, especially if there isn’t a transfer fee, the front office will have to decide whether it’s worth it to pay a player that much who may not fit into the squad perfectly.
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