Chelsea transfer boost as Bayern Munich 'put Callum Hudson-Odoi pursuit on hold with Declan Rice deal eyed'

CHELSEA are not likely to receive another bid from Bayern Munich for Callum Hudson-Odoi in next month's transfer window, according to reports.

The European champions have been actively pursuing the Chelsea winger over the last year and are still keen on him.

But according to Goal, Bayern will place their interest in the England talent on hold for the time being.

The German giants are reportedly looking to turn Douglas Costa's loan move into a permanent deal and this will be their main focus in January.

Hudson-Odoi is currently sidelined due to injury and the attacker has struggled to feature regularly for Frank Lampard's side.

But the 20-year-old is still seen as a huge prospect and Chelsea will be pleased to avoid another approach from Bayern.

Hudson-Odoi signed a long-term contract last year and the Premier League club are in a strong position if the German champions do come calling again.

The Blues launched a spending spree over the summer and the club could add to their squad again during the transfer window.

Declan Rice has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge with the West Ham defensive midfielder seen as a long-term prospect.

Rice could cost in the region of £70m and Chelsea may need to clear out some of their fringe players to make room for the midfielder.

If Rice does come in he will face plenty of competition in the midfield and may have to settle for being a squad player rather than a first-team regular.

Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is out of favour after losing his place in the team and Frank Lampard may be keen to move the expensive signing on.

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