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Chelsea ‘reject £30m Brighton bid for Levi Colwill

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Chelsea have reportedly turned down a bid of £30m for Brighton & Hove Albion for centre-back Levi Colwill.

The 20-year-old spent the 2022-23 season on loan at the Amex, where he made a name for himself despite making just 13 Premier League starts in blue and white and struggling with a muscular injury.

Colwill came up with two assists in 22 matches for Roberto De Zerbi’s side, starting in 3-0 wins over Liverpool and Arsenal and impressing alongside Lewis Dunk in the backline.

The 2003-born youngster helped Brighton seal Europa League qualification with a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League season, and he has since returned to parent club Chelsea, where he is under contract until 2025.

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It remains to be seen if there is a path into the first team for Colwill at Stamford Bridge, though, as Benoit Badiashile, Thiago Silva, Kalidou Koulibaly, Trevoh Chalobah, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marc Cucurella and Wesley Fofana can all play in the heart of defence.

Colwill recently revealed that he would be open to staying in Brighton, and the Seagulls are also keen to keep the England Under-21 international on the books following his breakthrough year.

Brighton recently came forward with a bid of £30m for Colwill, but their approach was swiftly knocked back by Chelsea.

Colwill has been on the books at Chelsea for 12 years, during which he was also loaned out to Huddersfield Town in 2021-22 and scored two goals in 32 games for the Terriers.

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