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Chelsea have given Man United reasons to pursue Hudson-Odoi transfer

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Manchester United's official Twitter account cannot send out a single tweet at the moment, no matter how significant, without an inevitable deluge of replies saying the same thing.

'Announce Sancho' is the inevitable riposte from hundreds of fans from every corner of the globe. Every day, 'Jadon Sancho Man United' is high on Google Trends and pundits are always asked about one name when the topic of United is broached.

It's fair enough, you might say, given the summer transfer window is finally alive and kicking, with United enjoying a short break between their Premier League and Europa League campaigns. And it's widely known that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are indeed interested in the Borussia Dortmund star. So the gossip has gone into overdrive.

But that should not mean that United limit their options in a search for a talented and promising right-winger; or that Sancho is guaranteed to be a storming success at Old Trafford, even if his ability means he would be a popular addition.

As Dimitar Berbatov recently suggested, the signing of Sancho could even prove problematic due to the instability it may cause among Solskjaer's current first choice attacking trio.

"Who, out of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood or Anthony Martial, makes way for Sancho?" was Berbatov's question. A recent MEN poll suggests that Greenwood is the man fans want to see make way, with Sancho a world superstar good enough to to start for any team.

Berbatov added: "I don't want to see Greenwood dropped at this point while he develops, he could be very special and has earned his chance to shine next season."

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It is this Greenwood dilemma that has brought the idea of a Sancho alternative to the transfer conversation. Could United get themselves a different right-wing option, whose status is not so high? It would thus allow Greenwood to keep getting regular football, while not disturbing Martial or Rashford, who dovetail beautifully in the left and central areas of United's attack.

Perhaps in Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, United might find the perfect compromise.

It has recently been suggested that the 19-year-old is unhappy about a lack of game time at Stamford Bridge, having been forced to play second fiddle to the veteran Willian in recent months.

And the expected departure of the Brazilian this summer may not help Hudson-Odoi, either, with Chelsea set to bring in wide forwards Hakim Zyiech and Timo Werner, while keen on Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Kai Havertz too.

Callum Hudon-Odoi after suffering his injury (Image: Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was asked about Hudson-Odoi's situation in a recent press conference and played down concerns that the England international had become frustrated.

"No. I'd expect my players to want to play as much as they can," he said. "I pick players on how they train daily and what they can give us. It's the same as every other player.

“I’ve spoken about Callum a lot, he needs to keep training at the highest level, which is actually what I’ve seen him doing."

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Yet after Chelsea handed Hudson-Odoi a bumper contract a year ago, to ward off interest from Bayern Munich, and the teenager won an England call-up in the winter, there is no doubt his progress has stalled.

A fresh start at United, where he would start fairly regularly but not every week given Greenwood's emergence, could be ideal. And Chelsea may be in a position to sell as they have put their eggs in the Ziyech, Werner and Havertz baskets.

United have taken a look at Hudson-Odoi before with regards to a transfer. He ticks so many boxes as a young English player with enormous potential and would be hungry to further his own career and help United if he moved to Old Trafford. He would supplement the attack rather than immediately displace one of them.

You cannot argue that Jadon Sancho would be a bad move for United. But maybe Callum Hudson-Odoi would be a cheaper and more suitable transfer.




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