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Man Utd could make surprise move for Chelsea defender Levi Colwill

Manchester United have identified Chelsea defender Levi Colwill as one of the alternative targets to Everton ace Jarrad Branthwaite this summer.

The Red Devils are expected to sign a marquee centre-back in the upcoming transfer window with Raphael Varane set to leave on a free transfer.

Branthwaite has been highlighted as the top target, but the Toffees’ current £80 million asking price is much more than what United are willing to offer (£60m).

United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe is quite clear that the club won’t spend over the odds and Daily Star claim that Colwill is one of the back-up transfer options.

United could tempt Chelsea to part ways with Colwill

The 21-year-old was a mainstay in the Blues’ starting line-up during the first half of last season, but his playing time drastically reduced after the turn of the year.

The Blues graduate initially picked up a hamstring issue followed by a toe injury. He was an unused substitute during the final four games of the campaign.

Despite the setback, Colwill remains one of the best young centre-backs in England. United can make a statement by prising him away from the Blues this summer.

The west London outfit need to balance their books by June 30. They are apparently open to offloading graduates. This would guarantee them pure profit.

Colwill is currently valued at £43 million by Transfermarkt. In our opinion, a proposal in the region of £50m could tempt the Blues into considering his departure.

The Englishman is a left-footed centre-back. He won 65 per cent of his duels last season alongside 4.2 recoveries, 2.8 clearances and 2.1 tackles per appearance.

Colwill can also operate from left-back which should benefit United. The Red Devils are also aiming to reinforce the position and Colwill could fill in both roles.

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