Chelsea want buyback clause in deal for 19-year-old to leave

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 writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released