Southampton is considering a move for Chelsea youngster Levi Colwill as Rolf Hessenhuttel looks to continue his youth revolution. The Saints have already signed two young players this summer goalkeeper Gavin Bazzuno from Manchester City and 20-year-old defender Armel Bela Kuchip, who arrived from German club Vfl Bochum.
And now Hasenhuttl wants to make another attack on Chelsea’s youth ranks. The south coast side signed three players from Cobham last summer, with Tino Leveramento and Daniel Simeo on permanent deals, while Armando Bruja spent the season on loan.
Now Coalville is under the watchful eye of Southampton – with Premier League rivals Leicester City also monitoring his progress. The defender, 19, spent last season on loan with Championship side Huddersfield, who reached the play-off final where they lost to Nottingham Forest.
The England U21 international has previously expressed his desire to stay at Chelsea and impress Thomas Tuchel, who is short of defenders following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
Coleville said: “For me, playing for Chelsea will be the main goal at the moment because it’s my club. “But if it doesn’t happen, then I have to develop and become the player I want to be.” Although Tuchel may need defenders at the moment it is believed that Coalville will be allowed to leave if Chelsea pulls off a deal for Manchester City’s Nathan Ake.
The Blues have opened talks with the Premier League champions over a deal for Ake, 27. He spent seven years at the club, rising from the academy to the first team before moving to Bournemouth in 2017. City signed Ake from Bournemouth in 2020 in a deal worth £41m.