About right.I reckon .....
Levi knows his contract is running down.
He tells BHA while on loan he wants to come.
Albion bid low ... £30m
Chelsea fans kick off at club over the possibility of him leaving to club who have been making them look stupid for the last year.
Chelsea offers Levi a contract, vastly improved from the one if already had on the table.
Levi looks around to see if Liverpool or Arsenal improve on that
Levi signs new contract with Chelsea
Puts out twitter message saying that once you're Chels, you're always Chels
Albion sign random LCB that nobody has ever heard of, from league which nobody pays attention to
He turns out to be good and all is well that ends well
Levi continues to play well in a dysfunctional club and has a good career
They have a dual problem: they have a surfeit of players (including CBs); and they need to raise money to address FFP. Everyone else knows it. That doesn't put them in the position to dictate what happens. Doubt Chalobah will attract a fee of £10m, whereas we already know that Levi will attract a fee north of £30m. Because of this, they're more likely to sell Levi than Chalobah.To be honest, Chelsea would be stupid to sell at this stage. We have to have a go because their FFP position may give teams a chance of getting academy graduates from them because they are pure profit on their books. If you count Ampadu and Sarr, who've also been out on loan this season, he's one of eight centre backs at Chelsea. Someone's got to go. At the moment it seems Challobah may be the graduate one they want to sell. Presumably they were comfortable selling Guehi to Palace for £18m a couple of seasons ago because he and Colwill were considered to be better. Challobah, like many of their squad has not had a good year, but will surely be of interest to someone in the EPL and probably for something in the ballpark of what we've offered for Levi. If they can sell Challobah and keep the left footed Colwill, they'll fill a bit of the FFP hole and have a stronger squad.
I love it! This is the most Leedsy post so far. Well done. Seemed an almost genuine opinion in places!I think it's really unfair of Chelsea.
They wouldn't even recognise Levi Colwill if he stood in the middle of the Kings road in a chelsea shirt with a ball tucked under his arm and a pensioner on his head.
We are being asked to pick up the bill for a football club so badly run it nearly went to the (FFP) wall.
The fact is that if Chelsea had sold him last summer as they should have done, then they would have got no more than 500k for him. But since then he has gone on to play for a top 6 first team and made progress with his England career.
In the ten or eleven years Levi spent at Chelsea he got no further than PL2. I find it hard to believe that cost more than 30m or so!
There's only one club being exploited here and it's not Chelsea F.C.
God forbid we ever actually end up as self important as Leeds fansColwill was NOTHING before he singed for us. De Zerbi made him the player he is now. Levi is Brighton. These smaller clubs need to know their place. They should be grateful for what we are offering them.
Yes, I referenced this in my follow up post. However, the unknown seems to be the size of their FFP issue. We know for the sake of squad harmony that Pochettino will want a fairly hefty exodus, but we don't know how much the departing players will need to bring in.They have a dual problem: they have a surfeit of players (including CBs); and they need to raise money to address FFP. Everyone else knows it. That doesn't put them in the position to dictate what happens. Doubt Chalobah will attract a fee of £10m, whereas we already know that Levi will attract a fee north of £30m. Because of this, they're more likely to sell Levi than Chalobah.
We needed cover for Cucurella. It had nothing to do with the Potter or Gilmour deals.Why did we sign him the first place? Was it part of the Cucurella/Gillmore/Potter and co deal?
Seem to recall Barber saying we don't take loans in as we don't want to develop other clubs players. This is exactly what has happened here.
Fair play for Chelsea for digging their heels in. I reckon they will stick to their not for sale mantra which is a shame as he has been great.