As per journalist Fabrizio Romano, the 19-year-old “could leave” the west London outfit this summer, with his chances of first-team action in Thomas Tuchel’s side set to be severely reduced as the Blues plot further centre-back additions.
Writing on Twitter about the Englishman’s situation, the transfer guru stated: “Levi Colwill and his camp, exploring options with many proposals on the table as reported three days ago. The plan has not changed: he could leave Chelsea in case two centre-backs arrive after Koulibaly, as expected.
“Chelsea, still working on Kimpembé and Koundé.”
As alluded to by Romano, the promising defender is set to be shunted down the pecking order at his current side, with Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly having already been signed, while deals for Jules Kounde and Presnel Kimpembe are in the works.
While a blow to the player himself, it could no doubt prove a huge positive for those at the City Ground, with the newly-promoted side having been linked with the Southampton-born starlet in recent months.
The £4.5m-rated gem has attracted attention following his impressive form on loan at Huddersfield Town last term, notably averaging 4.1 clearances, 1.8 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per game from his 29 Championship outings, proving himself a vital part of the Terriers’ run to the play-off final.
While it was his own goal that ironically handed victory to his potential future club, Forest, in that Wembley showdown, that was a rare low moment in what was otherwise a real breakthrough campaign for the £5k-per-week colossus.
Previously lauded as “one of the most talented players of his generation in Europe” by talent scout Jacek Kulig, the 6 foot 2 brute has seemingly earned the chance to gain regular minutes in the top tier next term, with Steve Cooper and co likely to able to offer that level of involvement that he is craving.
Any move could also see the Midlands side land their own John Terry with a deal for Colwill, with the highly-rated prospect having been compared to the Chelsea legend and one-time Forest loanee in the past.
The youngster even adorned the same shirt number as the former England skipper (26) during his time at the John Smith’s Stadium – albeit with that fact purely coincidental – having also admitted his pleasure at being likened to the Premier League icon, whom he dubbed a “club legend and leader” and “someone every centre-back at Chelsea should look up to”.
It will be no mean feat trying to replicate the success of the now-retired ace, however, with Terry having enjoyed an illustrious career at the elite level during his time with the Blues, racking up 492 top-flight appearances and winning five league titles, having also claimed the Champions League in 2012.
Former international colleague Jamie Carragher has previously lauded the 41-year-old as “the best centre-back of the Premier League era”, having been “massively underrated” with regards to his quality in possession.
Even being mentioned in the same breath as such a legendary figure is a testament to just what a “fantastic” talent young Colwill is – in the words of Kulig – with the hope being that he can continue his development in Nottingham.
Who knows, Cooper could well have his own Terry on his hands if all goes well…