Arsenal and Leicester interested in Colwill, Chelsea’s wonder boy

The Blues have a decision to make about their academy product, which is under attack from other Premier League clubs.

Chelsea are facing a decision on their talented defender Levi Colwill, 19, as Arsenal, Leicester and several other Premier League clubs have made inquiries about a summer move.

The teenager has been a first-team regular in Huddersfield Town’s promotion push ahead of their Championship tie final against Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

There will be scouts from a host of Premier League sides present at Wembley, with Crystal Palace, Southampton and Brighton among the others who want the talented centre-back.

What is Chelsea’s position on its future?

The Blues are set to bring Colwill back in pre-season to train under Thomas Tuchel, where he will have a chance to fight for a first-team spot next season.

Having agreed his loan from Yorkshire early last summer, there are concerns about the ability to find a good loan destination should Tuchel opt not to use his academy proceeds.

That is compounded by the fact that the Chelsea manager did not give a single league appearance to any teenage player last season.

Chelsea are also reluctant to loan out Colwill again because Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leave on free transfers.

However, there is an expectation that the club will try to sign two central defenders to replace them both.

Sevilla player Jules Kounde, who was targeted in the summer, is the first choice for the job. Meanwhile, a host of other defenders are being sought in west London, with Presnel Kimpembe of Paris Saint-Germain, José Giménez of Atlético Madrid and Gleison Bremer of Torino.

Significantly, RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol is also a target.. The 20-year-old left center could significantly block Colwill’s path should he arrive.

The Blues could force Colwill to stay after he signed a five-year deal last summer, but they have been open to letting youngsters go for the right price in recent seasons.

Marc Guehi joined Crystal Palace after an £18m ($23m) Championship loan spell last summer and could be a guide price for potential buyers.

Why do Arsenal want Colwill?

The Gunners are considering adding a left-back central defender this summer to add some depth as they enter the Europa League.

Colwill would be seen as a good option to add to his young squad.

Still, his main priority is to add to other positions, with Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus a key target up front.

Similarly, Leicester hope to improve their defense but will need to sell some of their underperforming stars first.

They attempted to loan Colwill out in January during an injury crisis at King Power Stadium, which negatively affected his season.

Southampton, Brighton and Palace have all been successful in poaching Chelsea academy talent in recent seasons in a strategy to offer younger players earlier opportunities.

What is the future status of the other Chelsea loanees?

Crystal Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher is the most likely to be included in next season’s squad. Tuchel is known to be very impressed by his performance this season.

However, everyone is faced with having to impress the Blues boss during pre-season, with end-of-season talks also for each player to offer their opinions.

The likes of Armando Broja, Ethan Ampadu, Billy Gilmour, Ian Maatsen, Tino Anjorin, Dujon Sterling, Nathan Baxter and Emerson Palmieri represent the types of players that could be called up for next season.

Among that group, many will be sold or loaned for another season. Coupled with the budget available for new transfers after the takeover is complete, the player sales mean the club’s incoming transfer spend is expected to reach around £200m ($251m) this summer.

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