Fast forward a few months and Sampdoria’s stance on the 28-year-old appears to have changed.
The news was published on social media by Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph.
.@SkySport sources say the club are now willing to sell Colley for less than their previous valuation. He enters the final year of his contract in the summer.
I've been told that Colley will consider his options next month, but is currently focussing on fighting for his place.
— Anthony Joseph (@AnthonyRJoseph) December 2, 2020
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This update may well catch the eye of officials from both Celtic and Liverpool.
Recent reports have claimed that Shane Duffy will move back to Brighton in the January window – which, if true, could open the door to a possible move for Colley.
Meanwhile, Premier League holders Liverpool appear to be on the hunt for a centre-back arrival following injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
Colley has only made four appearances this season and missed last weekend with an abdominal injury, but if the price is right, either club may decide to reignite their interest in the New Year.