Chelsea will allow Nottingham Forest-linked defender Levi Colwill to leave permanently this summer, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Reds have been linked with a move for the centre-back, although competition will come from Southampton, Leeds and Crystal Palace.

Colwill enjoyed a bittersweet 2021/22. He made 32 appearances for Huddersfield but scored the own goal which meant Forest were promoted ahead of the Terriers.

The 19-year-old is widely regarded as one of the top burgeoning talents in the country. As a result, it was anticipated that Chelsea might only sanction another loan.

Chelsea will allow Colwill to leave
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Now, it appears they’re willing to let him leave, however, with the Blues in the market for another central defender this summer.

Colwill won’t be short of suitors. His form at Huddersfield will make sure of that and perhaps more crucially, he’s unlikely to cost a fortune to any club that does buy him.

Forest have been busy strengthening their defensive ranks this summer. Moussa Niakhate and Giulian Biancone have both been added and more could follow.

Whether Colwill remains a target remains to be seen. It’s unlikely that the immediate priority is another defender but they will likely keep the teenager on the radar.

Chelsea will allow Colwill to leave permanently

This will certainly alert lots of clubs but it’s perhaps come at the wrong time for Forest.

Cooper will perhaps go with what he has in defence right now. Several defenders have been added already and now other areas of the pitch need work.

Colwill has never made an appearance for the Chelsea first team. His first taste of men’s action came last season at Huddersfield and he did catch the eye.

Chelsea will allow Colwill to leave
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Now, an auction will likely start. It’s not clear at this stage how much he will cost but probably half of the Premier League will be interested.

Colwill being left-footed makes him a very attractive defender in the modern game. He is also quick, strong and fantastic at playing out from the back.

This is probably the right news at the wrong time for Forest and it will be interesting to know if the Reds remain in the race to sign him.

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