Report: Chelsea may sell their 'fantastic' 19-year-old this summer, but they want buyback clause in deal

Reports suggest Chelsea are preparing to sell Levi Colwill this summer, with Brighton his likely destination.

According to The Athletic, Thomas Tuchel is insistent on having a left-footed defender ready to contribute at the top of the game imminently.

This desire has seen the club’s rapid acceleration in talks for Marc Cucurella, with the German seeing him as a more than capable option to play as part of the back three, with Ben Chilwell still likely to feature regularly as left-wing-back.

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Colwill’s name has been discussed in a potential swap scenario for the Spaniard, with them previously being mentioned as one of a number of Premier League clubs.

The interest comes following a successful loan spell with Huddersfield Town last season, with him being described by fellow defender Tom Lees as ‘fantastic’.

Chelsea want buyback clause for Colwill

With Brighton’s interest in a deal, a swap deal would seem a logical scenario. However, The Athletic have claimed the two transfers are likely to be completely different deals.

The report goes on to say that the Blues are keen to add a buyback clause to the sale of the 19-year-old, with them keen to avoid making the mistake they made when selling Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi.

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Supporters will no doubt be angry that the club are seemingly unwilling to at least give the young defender a chance, with them more than familiar with the story of letting promising players leave too soon.

With that being said, a buyback clause would be a sign of them starting to learn from their mistakes, with the new owners looking to win over fans in their first window with the club.

A move to the coast would also be beneficial for Colwill, with him likely to be given a great opportunity to push for first team minutes under one of the most promising managers in world football.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.