Chelsea scramble to fend off Man City and Bayern Munich, with Boehly keen to avoid past mistakes over thriving star

Ben Stewart
Chelsea manager Graham Potter shaking hands with Man City manager Pep Guardiola

Bayern Munich and Manchester City both hold an interest in out-on-loan Chelsea defender Levi Colwill, according to reports.

The 19-year-old defender has been progressing well this season with Brighton on loan. He spent last season with Huddersfield Town in the Championship and impressed in the second division.

Colwill is yet to make his first-team debut for Chelsea, but his performances this season for Brighton have proven that he has what it takes it cut it in the Premier League.

He joined Brighton on loan as part of a deal which saw Marc Cucurella moving in the opposite direction in the summer.

The young defender has played 11 matches so far this season, with seven of his appearances coming in the league. He played a full 90 minutes against Liverpool during Brighton’s 3-0 triumph.

His performances this year have grabbed the attention of both Bayern Munich and Manchester City, who are now keeping tabs on the youngster.

That’s according to Chelsea correspondent Simon Phillips, who reported both the English and German champions have been made aware of his progress.

The journalist also claims that Chelsea are keen to tie the 19-year-old down to a new improved contract. His current deal runs until 2025, although he will be due a wage increase soon due to his progression.

Chelsea have been guilty of letting some of their prized youngsters leave on the cheap before and they will be keen on not letting the same happen to Colwill.

Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi are two examples of young defenders who have increased in value since departing from Stamford Bridge.

Levi Colwill has a huge future

Now an established international for England’s Under-21s, Colwill has progressed well since coming through the youth ranks at Chelsea.

Given the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly, Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta are all older than 30, Chelsea will soon look to the future in this department.

They did complete the signing of highly-rated French youngster Benoit Badiashile in January and they also have Trevoh Chalobah and Wesley Fofana to pick from.

Colwill is one of a kind though and he has already drawn comparisons to Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.

Unfortunately, the defender is now facing a spell on the sidelines after sustaining a muscular injury. Reports have claimed Colwill could sidelined for over a month.

He briefly worked with Potter at Brighton before he made his switch to Chelsea. Upon Potter leaving Brighton, the defender told Football Daily: “It’s life, it’s football.

“If a player gets an offer from a team that’s also in the Champions League and Europe, they’re going to think about it.

“Obviously, Graham took his opportunity took his opportunity to take it, so I can’t really say anything about that. I just wish him well.

“You could tell from stepping in on day one [that] he’s such a big person to be around in terms of the team. Everyone respects him for what he does, on and off the pitch.

“You can tell that his levels were the highest that they could be, so I can understand why Chelsea have gone for him.”

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