Chelsea are reportedly set to make their next move to keep Callum Hudson-Odoi at the club by offering want-away forward Eden Hazard’s no. 10 shirt next season.
Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are just a few suitors, with the latter almost signing him in January after he handed in a transfer request at Stamford Bridge.
According to the Daily Mail, Hudson-Odoi will be offered the no. 10 shirt vacated by Eden Hazard after he inevitably joins Real Madrid, with fresh contract talks expected to take place later this month.
The 18-year-old, currently sidelined with a ruptured Achilles, saw more game time after the January transfer window and may be tempted to stay at Chelsea if he’s given assurances that the club will build around him for the future.
Bayern offered £35million for his services at the start of the year and offered the departing Arjen Robben’s no. 10 shirt as a pull factor, as well as assurances that he’d be utilised as a key creative spark both centrally and out wide.
It would be a huge coup for the Blues if they can tie him down to a long-term deal in England, but if not they’ll want to cash in on him with just one year left of his current stay.
The history of the notable no. 10 shirt holders at Chelsea
When Hutchinson played, no player had an assigned shirt but he wore it when helping Chelsea to their first ever FA Cup triumph against Leeds in 1970.
Hughes wore the shirt in the 1990s after joining from Man United and scored 25 goals as a Chelsea player.
Former Fulham manager Jokanovic had a spell with the shirt, making 39 Premier League appearances for the Blues.
After a vacant season, the shirt was inherited by exciting young star Joe Cole, who joined from West Ham in 2003. He wore it for seven seasons, winning plenty of silverware under Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti.
Then in came Mata, and the numbers he produced at Chelsea were ridiculous. He also assisted Drogba’s equaliser in the 2012 Champions League Final as the club defeated Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
Hazard has since made the shirt his own though; he’s been the face of Chelsea for years and arguably is the club’s greatest ever no. 10 (we haven’t bothered mentioning Yossi Benayoun).