Liverpool are reportedly confident that they can sign Chelsea’s Levi Colwill this summer, as they prepare their opening offer for the England Under-21 international. Colwill enjoyed a breakthrough season in the Premier League last term, playing for Brighton, who want to keep the 20-year-old but have had a £30m bid rejected.
Chelsea’s new boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen to keep Colwill as part of his plans, but the Blues are reportedly ready to offer a new long-term contract, which Colwill wants assurances over game time before he commits to staying at Stamford Bridge. However, the 20-year-old is said to be ‘far from convinced that his long-term future’ is at Chelsea.
Liverpool hope that Colwill’s indecisiveness could open the door for them to make a move, with previous reports suggesting that the Reds were interested in the player ‘even at a record price.’ Football.london has claimed that Chelsea sees William Saliba as Colwill’s equal, meaning they see their academy graduate as a £68m asset.
According to 90min, Liverpool is ‘ready to make an offer’ for the centre-back, and are confident they can lure Colwill away from Stamford Bridge despite Chelsea’s insistence he’s not for sale. Mauricio Pochettino confirmed last week that he is set to talk to Colwill about his plans.
Liverpool has other centre-back irons in the fire should they fail to land Colwill, with Perr Schuurs said to be among their other top targets. The Reds are preparing a ‘new move’ for the Torino centre-back to beat Crystal Palace to his signature, while they’ve decided to walk away from a possible deal for Wolfsburg’s Micky van der Ven.