Liverpool are reportedly ready to make an offer to Chelsea to sign a highly-rated centre-back this summer, if a move that will have Mauricio Pochettino concerned.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has been tipped to bring in another central defender all summer, having most recently been linked with Torino’s Perr Schuurs and Wolfsburg star Micky van de Ven.
The Merseyside outfit have so far concentrated their efforts on strengthening their midfield after a number of exits this summer.
Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai have already been signed, while Jordan Henderson’s links to Saudi Arabia have once again led to talk of a bid for Southampton star Romeo Lavia.
But despite having Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all still on the club’s books, the German still wants to add another boy at the back.
And, according to a report from 90min, Blues star Levi Colwill is very much on Klaopp’s radar.
They report that the Reds are confident they can lure Colwill away from Stamford Bridge, despite Chelsea’s insistence that he is not for sale.
Colwill, who was one of the stars of England’s recent European Under-21 Championship success, impressed hugely on loan at Brighton last season. Indeed, the Seagulls have been keen on sealing a permanent transfer but have already seen bids to sign the player knocked back.
Chelsea have stated since January, when Brighton first explored the idea of a permanent transfer, that they are not looking to sell the defender.
Colwill concerned over Chelsea playing time
However, 90min adds that the player himself is not convinced that his long-term future should be in west London and wants assurances that he will get the chance to show what he can do this term.
Colwill‘s current deal is due to expire in 2025 and, with Pochettino a fan of the player, the club are looking to extend it.
However, if the young defender stalls over signing, Chelsea have already shown that players unwilling to sign new deals will be sold – given what happened with Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount.
As for Liverpool, it’s unclear where Colwill would fit into Klopp’s centre-back rotation, given that he is still relatively inexperienced at the top level.
However, if he does sign then it surely casts doubts over the futures of Matip and Gomez, while Konate has also been linked with a switch to Napoli.