Arsenal tracking Chelsea outcast ahead of potential summer move

The Gunners are on the hunt for added firepower

Arsenal are thought to be tracking Chelsea outcast Callum Hudson-Odoi ahead of a potential summer move, with Mikel Arteta thought to be keen on the young winger.

Hudson Odoi was considered one of Cobham academy’s best talents when he broke into the Chelsea first team, but suffered from two achilles tendon injuries that stunted his growth, and was never trusted by Thomas Tuchel to play in an attacking role, instead being utilised at wing back by the German.

He has moved to Germany on loan in a bid to re-start his stuttering career, but the 22-year-old has since seen Raheem Sterling, Mykhaylo Mudryk and Noni Madueke added to the Chelsea ranks, and his chances of breaking back into Graham Potter’s squad appear minimal.

As a result, the Guardian report that the Blues are ready to cash in on the England international, who is out of contract in 2024, while they will “also listen to offers for Christian Pulisic, Kalidou Koulibaly, Mateo Kovacic and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang”.

And Arsenal are said to be interested, with Reiss Nelson out of contract this summer at The Emirates Stadium as it stands. The Gunners recruited Leandro Trossard in January, but are still set to be on the lookout for another winger this summer to provide cover for the excellent Bukayo Saka, as well as rebuilding in midfield.

Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo are expected to be on the agenda, and could well take a large chunk out of any budget set aside for the summer transfer window. However, it remains to be seen what stock they still place in the Chelsea academy man, with his current loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen hardly setting the Bundesliga alight.

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Ben Browning

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