Manchester City and Liverpool are both considering a summer move for Brighton defender Levi Colwill, who is currently on loan with Brighton.
They are hoping to take advantage of the fact that Chelsea may need to sell a number of players quickly in order to avoid breaching Financial Fair Play regulations.
Academy graduate Colwill has impressed during his time on the South Coast and some have tipped him to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s England squad in time for the European Championships next year.
Whilst Chelsea do not want to lose such a promising player and are ready to enter talks with him over a new deal, there is also a realisation that selling home grown players is one of the best ways to address the financial problems that they face.
They are exacerbated by the fact that, unless they can pull off a miracle recovery in the second leg of their quarter-final against Real Madrid, it is highly unlikely they will be playing in the Champions League next season, and they will need to plug the income gap through player sales.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.