Chelsea remain desperate to keep Hudson-Odoi, and head coach Maurizio Sarri's surprise decision to start him against Tottenham in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semifinal on Tuesday was part of a broader club effort aimed at convincing the winger that his future lies at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have pressed the accelerator in the chase to sign on-loan Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain and held talks with the striker's brother on Thursday evening.
Asked about Higuain at a media conference on Friday, Sarri reiterated that he does not have control over transfers but that he had made his opinions clear to the Chelsea hierarchy.
"He's the next one I would say".
Such comments are against competition rules for Premier League clubs, but Salihamidzic's words alone are not enough to fall foul of FIFA's regulations.
The former Napoli boss said: "I think that it's not professional, because they are talking about a player under contract with Chelsea".
"But I don't know anything about the market day by day or minute by minute".
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri would like to bring in two new players this January but he refused to be drawn on his top targets.
"Me and Callum are close friends", said Sancho, speaking from Dortmund's winter training camp in Marbella.
"The club knows very well my opinion". I think that he can do better.
Sarri also confirmed that Cesc Fabregas was leaving Chelsea - he is expected to link up with his former team-mate Thierry Henry at Monaco.
'I see in him a really good player who would certainly be a good face to join us'.
And three-time Premier League victor Keown can not believe the 18-year-old may be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge, which it has been claimed the player wishes to do.
"At the moment, Morata is here".
"At the moment Morata is here, so I think he has to think only to play".