Chelsea Could Decide To Bring Back Their Player On Loan After Impressive Display
Written By Onyeka Daniel
It’s been a rather disappointing season for Chelsea as they’re set to finish 12th this season, shaping up to be one of their worst season in the last 15 years. For next season, several changes are expected to be carried out, starting with the appointment of a new coach with Mauricio Pochettino the most likely.
Changes to the squad is also expected, necessited by their missing out on an European placing this season, hence the need to reduce their squad size. The Blues have 32 first-team players and spent a record £600 million in the last two transfer windows.
Despite the expected comings and goings in the club during the summer transfer window, one player who’s future is still uncertain is Levi Colwill, currently on loan with Brighton.
The defender has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign and highly-rated Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi has not hidden his intentions to keep him at the Amex next season- but the decision will ultimately be that of Chelsea and the defender.
Colwill is not ruling out a full return to Chelsea next season after excelling at Brighton where he’s helped them secure Europa League football for the first time in the club’s history. The player did admit that everything is still up in the air and he will take his time before making a decision on where he plays next.
He told the Athletic: “Who knows, we’ll see what happens in the summer. I love the Brighton fans, I love everything about them (the club). I’ll take that into consideration.” The Seagulls want to turn the 20-year-old’s loan into a permanent deal, but it is understood the Stamford Bridge side do not want to lose the centre-back for good.
But a long-term injury to Benoît Badiashile means Colwill might now have the chance to become a regular at the Stamford Bridge, at least during pre-season and heading into the new campaign.
His ability to pick a pass even when under pressure, maturity, and judgment has caught the eye and the new Chelsea manager will have a huge decision to make regarding the defender’s future when he’s appointed in the summer.
With the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly, Thiago Silva, and Trevor Chalobah all linked with an exit from the club, it would make absolute sense that Chelsea might decide to keep Colwill to start a new cycle at the club alongside the likes of Enzo Fernandez, Wesley Fofana, Mykhailo Mudryk and Kai Havertz.
Manchester United have moved ahead of Liverpool in the race for want away Chelsea midfielder, Mason Mount, who is expected to leave the club in during the summer transfer window.
With a contract set to expire in 2024, Chelsea have been unable to find an agreement with the player over a new deal and with the prospect if losing him for free, they will rather sell him one year before he becomes a free agent.
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Interim Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said Mount would sign a new contract at Chelsea “in an ideal world”, while incoming head coach Mauricio Pochettino also reportedly wants to keep the England international as part of his squad for next season.
According to The Athletic, Mount is leaning towards Manchester United, with talks between the two clubs expected in the near future. Arsenal, Liverpool and Bayern Munich, who are all keen on bringing in the 24-year-old, have also been notified of Mount’s preference.
Chelsea reportedly want £85 million for any potential transfer, though, creating some stumbling blocks for interested clubs as the player would rather continue playing in England rather than move abroad as Chelsea would have preferred.
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