Latest reports suggest that Arsenal are keeping tabs on Chelsea youngster, Levi Colwill, as one of the options to bolster their defence for next season. The young defender returned to Stamford Bridge after the end of his season-long loan spell at Huddersfield Town.
With the summer transfer window just days away, Arsenal are looking at various targets as reinforcements. Everyone already knows that the Londoners are primarily after midfielders and attackers in the market. However, with Europa League football being added to the Gunners’ schedule in the upcoming season, the club are also looking to add depth in defence.
The Gunners have a long list of targets shortlisted for a summer overhaul of their squad. Manager Mikel Arteta has prioritised signing Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus and Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans. Apart from this, they have already reached an agreement with Sao Paulo for young winger Marquinhos. However, the club are also scouting for a left-footed defender as a backup for left-back and left centre-back positions.
According to Goal, Arsenal are interested in securing the services of Chelsea teenager Levi Colwill this summer. The 19-year-old player is considered as a suitable fit for the Gunners’ young squad. Colwill is coming after a successful loan spell with Huddersfield Town in the Championship, with the Blues yet to make a decision regarding his future.
The report states that Leicester City are also interested in signing the teenage sensation. The Foxes tried to seal a loan deal for the talented youngster this January itself when Brendan Rodgers’ side was having an injury crisis, but it did not materialise. Meanwhile, The Express report that Arsenal have already made contact with Chelsea and enquired about a potential move for Levi Colwill.
The young centre-back impressed the Blues management with his performances for the Chelsea U23 as just a 17-year-old back then. He was then sent on loan to Huddersfield in the summer of 2021. The youngster became a first-team regular with the Championship side, appearing in 29 matches for The Terriers (stats via Transfermarkt).
Arsenal and Leicester are among clubs interested in Chelsea loan star Levi Colwill this summer. He is preparing for the Championship Play-Off final with Huddersfield on Sunday and lots of scouts will be watching him: https://t.co/cw4Mau84Bl
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He can play as a left-sided central defender and a left-back, and had two goals and an assist for Carlos Corberan’s side. The teenager has played a significant role in the club’s push for Premier League promotion. Crystal Palace, Southampton and Brighton are all said to be interested in Colwill.
His parent club Chelsea are, however, planning to keep Colwill for pre-season and make him train under Thomas Tuchel. The club feels this will provide him with a chance to compete for a first-team spot next season. The Blues are also worried about finding a suitable club to loan him to as there might be a possibility the manager does not give ample chance to the talented centre-back.
Last season, his loan deal was confirmed early in the transfer window. Tuchel’s position on the defender is still unclear as he did not give teenage players any league appearances last season. Chelsea are facing a tough decision concerning Colwill and are unsure of letting him leave again this summer.
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Defenders Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen are set to leave Stamford Bridge as free agents and there might be a chance for the youngster to stake claim to a first-team spot. However, reports suggest that the Blues will look to sign at least two centre-backs in this summer window.
Therefore, Chelsea’s summer activities will decide whether they let the youngster go out for another loan spell. Colwill, however, also signed a new five-year contract last summer with the London club, implying that the club shows faith in his talent.
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