On-loan Chelsea defender and reported Liverpool target Levi Colwill has admitted that he doesn’t know where he’ll be next season.
The 20-year-old has been excellent for Brighton this season, leading to claims that the likes of Liverpool are keeping a close eye on him. And speaking to The Athletic after the Seagulls 1-1 draw with Manchester City last night, Colwill said that there’s real uncertainty over his future.
“Brighton have done a lot for me. They put their trust in me when others didn’t and I’m a person that loves to repay that. We’ll see,” said the centre-back.
“I don’t know what is going to happen (at Chelsea). I’m still here until the end of the season. I just focus on that, then I’ve got the Euros (Under-21 European Championship with England) in the summer.
“After that, we’ll see what happens and go from there.”
Colwill opens door to Chelsea exit
Colwill’s comments suggest that if he were to leave Chelsea, then a move to Brighton would be the most likely scenario. With the likely sale of Alexis Mac Allister to Liverpool, and perhaps even £100m in the pocket from Moises Caicedo, they’ll have money to burn.
Chelsea need to balance the books this summer and as a result, Colwill could be available for the right price.
As we’ve seen with the Blues ridiculous asking-price for Mason Mount though, they won’t allow players to leave on the cheap. With Brighton well-versed in slapping eye-popping, at times grotesque values on their stars, it could be an interesting negotiation.
There also may remain some bad blood between the clubs after what transpired earlier this season. It’s easy to forget now, but Graham Potter was the Seagulls boss at the start of 2022/23. He didn’t last long though, with Chelsea poaching Potter and his coaching team in September. Clearly, they were remunerated for their troubles, but Brighton weren’t all that happy with the manoeuvre.
The manager was also an unmitigated and expensive disaster at Stamford Bridge. So too has been big-money former Seagull Marc Cucurella. Consequently, Chelsea may be loathe to do business with them again.
This could open the door for Liverpool who are reportedly hot on Colwill’s trail. They could do with a young prospect to potentially take over from Virgil van Dijk in the future. The former Huddersfield Town loanee could fit the bill.
As Mount looks set to slip away from the Reds and join Manchester United instead, they could end up signing a Chelsea academy graduate yet.