By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

4th Aug, 2022 | 10:49am

Fabrizio Romano: Chelsea have buy-back clause in Levi Colwill transfer deal with Brighton

Brighton are looking to secure Chelsea defender Levi Colwill on a permanent deal as part of a Marc Cucurella transfer, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The 19-year-old defender has been the subject of heavy transfer interest for the majority of the summer, being linked to the likes of Southampton.

However, it is now likely that Brighton will land their man, with Spanish full-back Cucurella going the other way to Stamford Bridge.

Romano said: “Been told Chelsea will have a buy back clause in Levi Colwill deal with Brighton.

“This is a key point of the negotiation now set to be completed.

“Brighton, Chelsea and Colwill’s camp are working on final details.”

Great signing for the Seagulls.

Brighton are signing one of the best young centre-backs in the country and are making a smart investment for the future, by signing Colwill.

The teenager showed what he can do on loan at Huddersfield Town last season, establishing himself as a rock in the Terriers’ defence and helping them get to the play-off final.

Chelsea’s attempt to protect the future of Colwill by inserting a buy-back clause into the deal for him is a testament to his unbelievable talent and potential.

The Blues are clearly not eager to permanently lose a player that has been dubbed the ‘next John Terry.’ [The Athletic]

If Colwill can get solid game-time at the Amex, Brighton will for sure have one of England’s best defenders and will be able to watch him develop on the South Coast.

As for Chelsea, they have smartly created a deal that will see the exciting teenager grow as a player and allow them to recall him to Stamford Bridge when the time comes.

It is a deal that suits both parties and most importantly, allows Colwill to show what he can do on the Premier League stage.

In other Brighton news, the Seagulls are keen on Dundee United youngster Mathew Cudjoe.