Ornstein: England eye Colwill, 49ers key to Rutter deal, Spurs’ Trossard bid, Hudson-Odoi’s future

England head coach Gareth Southgate is giving serious consideration to handing Brighton & Hove Albion defender Levi Colwill his first senior call-up.

The 19-year-old, who left Chelsea on a season-long loan in August, has started the campaign in charge but has been part of Roberto De Zerbi’s first team in recent weeks.

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He made just seven top-flight appearances but played every minute of Brighton’s last five league games, including Saturday’s 3-0 win over Liverpool – the Merseysiders’ first home league win since 1961 and another notable league victory in the previous season, having already triumphed over Juventus and Chelsea. .

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That form has impressed England’s coaching staff as Southgate weighs up his options for the squad to take on Italy and Ukraine in the Euro 2024 qualifiers in March.

Levi Colwill has impressed for Brighton this season, including Saturday’s win over Liverpool (Photo: Mike Mortis / Getty Images)

Leo Colwill could hardly have done better. Southgate, who committed to England’s future shortly after his side lost to France in the World Cup final in December, could embark on a rebuilding of his squad, allowing younger players to break into his squad.

Colwill was not part of Southgate’s 55-man squad for the World Cup, but as a left-back centre-back, he provides an option in a position where England are not well-equipped. He also progressed through the international circuit, representing the country at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels.

The Southampton-born defender impressed during a loan spell at Huddersfield Town last season and was surprised Chelsea were ready to let him go again, with many feeling he has been part of the club’s rebuilt defense this term.


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As this column reported last week, he is still very much part of Chelsea’s long-term strategy, despite the recent arrival of 21-year-old defender Benoit Badiashile from Monaco, and Colwill is expected to challenge for the local first team next season. .

England are taking a close look at all the eligible talent as they outline their future squads, and Rico Lewis, the Manchester City right-back who has impressed in their seniors this season, is another youngster who could come into Southgate’s thinking.

Lewis, 18, lacks England under-21 experience, and while that in itself is not an impediment to selection, fierce competition for his position means it is uncertain whether the squad will make the games in March.

49ers key to Leeds Rutter deal

It is known that the machinations in the Leeds record of the United Kingdom that 49ers Enterprises, a minority shareholder of the club, was very powerful to push the signing of Georginio Rutter through his testimony.

Rutter joined Leeds from Hoffenheim on Saturday night for a fee that broke his previous club record of £27million ($33m), which was paid for Rodrigo in 2020. The Hoffenheim transfer could earn a total of around £35million if all add-ons are added. had agreed

Discussions about Rutter’s spending became unexpectedly complicated, running over several days last week. Hoffenheim held out at a high price, but the proposed deal also led to discussions about how the move would be funded at Elland Road – and, at the level of the player, who would be willing to pick up the bill.

Georginio Rutter’s performances for Hoffenheim convinced Leeds to sign him (Photo: Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images)

The Leeds are majority owned by Andrea Radrizzani, their president since 2017, but 49ers Enterprises, the investment arm of the San Francisco 49ers NFL franchise, controls more than 40 percent of the club and has been striving for full ownership for some time.

The option of acquiring Leeds from Radrizzani has been revealed Athletic, runs to January 2024, but 49ers Enterprises is increasingly determined to push through its takeover before that date. Talk of the move has been intense of late and figures who are in the deal expect the sale to go through the summer at the latest.

The 49ers’ proactive approach to helping Rutter and agreeing to meet future payments to him is another strong indication of a change in ownership coming. The Raiders, like most clubs, are going through the structure of payments on the new signing contract — Rutter’s runs through 2028 — and it seems likely that the responsibility of meeting most of the payments from those 49ers projects will fall.

Spurs’ £12m Trossard offer

Leandro Trossard’s future at Brighton looks increasingly like it is on hold after a public dispute with head coach De Zerbi last week, writes Andy Naylor.

Trossard’s agent Josy Comhair has claimed his client is no longer on speaking terms with De Zerbi after an altercation with another Brighton player has effectively frozen Trossard out of first team consideration.

Comhair has appealed to Brighton to facilitate an international transfer to Belgium this month, but it is unclear exactly what its options might be.

Tottenham made a verbal offer of around 12million miles for Trossard which was rejected by Brighton, who value him far more. That informal interest was not followed.

De Zerbi after Brighton’s 3-0 win over Liverpool opened the door for Trossard to return to his team if he got back to work.

“I am happy with myself and I am ready to open the door for him, because he is a good person and an important player for us,” he said.

“The team changes, but he has to understand and work with his heart, in my way, because I am the coach. I decide to obey the rules inside the dressing room.

Hudson-Odoi faced the summer of D-Day

Callum Hudson-Odoi will make a decision about his Chelsea future this summer, writes Simon Johnson.

Pinna, who was given a contract in 2019, rejected the opportunity to join Bayern Munich, and is currently on a season-long loan at Bayer Leverkusen to get regular first team football.

The combination of a serious Achilles injury suffered four years ago and the selection policy of former coach Thomas Tuchel has reduced him to just 66 starts for Chelsea and while Graham Potter is delighted with the player, he has only added the sign of Mykhailo Mudryk to attack local competitions.

Several clubs across Europe are keen on Hudson-Odoi, 22, and have begun registering their interest this month. He is likely to be available for a fee as he will only have 12 months left on his contract in the summer.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is currently on loan at Bayer Leverkusen (Photo: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Chelsea will have to give him a contract extension or risk losing him on a free transfer. Hudson-Odoi will be able to start talking to foreign clubs in January 2024 about joining them as a free agent at the end of next season, if they do not do so.

Another factor in Hudson-Odoi’s thinking will be if Chelsea make the loan signing of Joao Felici permanent in the summer.

Hudson-Odoi does not want to skip any decisions and aims to continue his promising form at Bayer Leverkusen, where he has made 15 appearances.

Fraser and Darlow can leave Newcastle

Ryan Fraser is free to leave Newcastle United this month, but a lack of offers for fringe players has forced the club to confirm Eddie Howe’s plans before the January window closes, writes Chris Waugh.

The 28-year-old is considered Newcastle’s most valuable asset for sale among the players that Howe is set to lose in the middle of the season. The Newcastle head coach is looking to open up space in his squad for a midfield signing. How does it already have 27 senior players and can only sign 25 for the rest of the squad? Newcastle are also shrewd to shed a wage package on some peripheral figures.

At the beginning of the preseason, Fraser asked to leave. However, Newcastle’s failure to sign the wide forward has prevented them from making a move, despite interest from Southampton and Bournemouth.

Ryan Fraser is surplus to requirements at Newcastle (Photo: Serena Taylor/Castle United via Getty Images)

Fraser has only started three league games this season and has not played for Newcastle since October. How is he reluctant to take risks this month, lest he take a loss that might move his chances in January?

Newcastle prefer to sell Fraser but will consider loan offers. They may also allow Karl Darlow to leave, given that they have five key keepers following Martin Dubravka’s return from Manchester United on loan.

How the ability to sign is not based on the business of New Castle, but the chance to bring in their new faces helps.

Hughton in the frame for Ghana job

Chris Hughton is in the running to become the new head coach of Ghana’s men’s national team, writes Andy Naylor.

The former Newcastle and Brighton manager had been appointed as the country’s technical advisor in February, but his contract ended after the World Cup, when Ghana exited at the group stage.

Otto Addo, a former Ghana international, left his position as coach in December 11 months after being appointed. He had already said that the Ghana Football Association would leave after the tournament in Qatar.

Chris Hughton worked as Ghana’s technical advisor during the World Cup (Photo: Stephen McCarthy – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

The Ghana FA said last week that about 60 people had used the site and none came from Ghana.

Hughton, 64, has not worked as a manager since September 2021, when he was let go by Nottingham Forest.

He wants to be No 1 again and he is keen on his role in Ghana but is open to a return to management if the Black Stars decide to pursue other options.

A new multi-key milestone? Poland

That week new Bournemouth owner Bill Foley added a stake in French side Lorient to his portfolio of sports clubs, one of the pioneers of the multi-club ownership model poised to become the first addition even further east, writes Matt Slater.

Pacific Media Group (PMG), which has full or partial ownership of seven teams in seven countries, including Barnsley, Kaiserslautern and Oostende, is close to completing a deal for part of Poland’s second tier GKS Tychy.


Based in the industrial heartland of Poland, the club can trace its history back to the early 1970s and has enjoyed two spells in its country’s top division, the most recent in the mid-1990s. Like many Polish clubs, it is now a major part of the local team.

PMG, which is run by American investor Paul Conway and Chinese-American partner Chien Lee, has been looking to invest in Poland for more than a year, as it believes there is a lot of upside in the Polish market.

With a population of nearly 40 million, Poland is the fifth largest country in the European Union, its national team has the last two caps and cups, and now there are players plying their trade in top flight across the continent. . That last point is very important as PMG’s business plan is based on the players’ business.

And PMG is not the only multi-club US-financed group looking at the country, as Robert Platek, a partner in IT billionaire Michael Dell’s investment firm MSD Partners, is in talks to buy another club, LKS Lodz, in the second division of Poland. Platek already owns Casa Pia Spedia in Portugal and Italy.

With many attractive deals already snapped up in Belgium, France and the Netherlands, multi-club investors looking for value should follow PMG and Platek into Poland and other less developed football markets.


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