Todd Boehly has been tipped to make a decision in the summer transfer window amid growing interest in Chelsea defender Levi Colwill. The 19-year-old centre-back has attracted interest from a host of top-flight sides this season after putting in a string of impressive performances on loan.
The Cobham graduate has played 29 times for Huddersfield Town in the Championship and guided the Terriers to promotion to the Premier League. Colwill’s commanding performances this season have secured the Yorkshire side a place in the play-off final against Nottingham Forest.
Operating predominantly on the left side of a back three under Carlos Corberán, he enjoys much of his success threading passes into his midfielders, winning aerial duels and defending with wisdom beyond his years. With Thomas Tuchel set to experience an exodus of defenders this summer and Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen set to depart once their contracts expire, Levi Colwill is expected to be integrated into Chelsea’s first-team squad upon his return from loan at John Smith’s Stadium, according to Goal .
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The west Londoners are said to be ‘so impressed’ with the youngster’s development that he will play a key role in shaping Tuchel’s summer transfer plans, Goal add. However, it’s not just Chelsea who are keen to enlist Colwill’s services next season.
In January, Leicester City were interested in the England youth international and were considering loaning the centre-back for the rest of the season, according to The Athletic. But a deal didn’t materialize.
It has since been reported by Goal that Arsenal are interested in acquiring Colwill’s signature this summer, with the Foxes keeping a close eye on the situation. The report adds that Chelsea are reluctant to loan the youngster back on loan as Tuchel is currently out of options.
However, the west Londoners are expected to sign two centre-backs this summer to replace either Rudiger or Christensen. However, Colwill, whose contract at Stamford Bridge expires in 2025, has a chance to cement a role in Tuchel’s first team in the preseason.
With a big summer in the cards, Colwill has insisted he is ready for a Premier League challenge. He told The Athletic: “I think I’m ready. I’ve learned a lot this year so I’m hoping the next step will be in the Premier League with Chelsea, Huddersfield or whoever.”
The Chelsea youngster, who wore the number 26 while on loan at Huddersfield this season, has been compared to club legend and former captain John Terry. Colwill said, “I’ll take it. I won’t complain. It’s not a bad thing to be called the new John Terry.
“I didn’t make the comparison myself, so the fans and media can make whatever comparisons they want, it won’t affect me. John Terry is a club legend and leader, someone every Chelsea centre-back should look to.
“A great guy and player. I didn’t get a chance to talk to him too much. When he was near the academy building we would occasionally have a little chat, but it was more of a ‘Hello, how are you?’ something like that, not on a personal level about football or anything like that.”
Huddersfield meet Nottingham Forest in the Championship play-off final on May 29 as Colwill seeks to guide the Terriers back to the Premier League with the help of fellow Cobham graduate Tino Anjorin.