Conor Gallagher ‘remains at Chelsea’ despite interest from several Premier League clubs in securing loan deal for England midfielder’s deadline
Conor Gallagher ‘will remain a Chelsea player’ despite strong interest from the likes of Newcastle United, Everton and Crystal Palace.
Chelsea are unwilling to loan England international Gallagher to direct rivals such as Newcastle and offers to sign him permanently have fallen well below their value.
The athletic report there is little appetite at Stamford Bridge to loan the 22-year-old to anyone and he will stay at Chelsea barring a late turn on deadline day.
Conor Gallagher is reportedly set to stay at Chelsea despite interest in taking him on loan
Newcastle, Everton, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and West Ham have all been interested in Gallagher, but Chelsea have so far rejected all approaches.
Gallagher enjoyed a positive loan spell at Palace last season and there was hope he could return to Selhurst Park when Chelsea said they would not loan him to a direct rival.
Gallagher was arguably Palace’s best player during his loan spell at the club last season and looked poised for a more permanent role at Chelsea this season.
However, he has struggled with regular minutes under Graham Potter, averaging just 41 minutes per appearance from his 18 Premier League outings.
Gallagher returned to Chelsea after a loan spell at Crystal Palace but has faced intense competition for playing time this season
Gallagher was one of Palace’s best players last season, scoring eight times and assisting three times in the Premier League
The 22-year-old scored just once for the Blues this season, a long-range effort that came against the Eagles in a 14th-minute cameo in October.
Nevertheless, Potter and owner Todd Boehly see Gallagher as a key player in the future and do not want to see him loaned out for the rest of the season.
Potter’s side are also in the process of bringing Benfica’s World Cup winning star Enzo Fernandez to Stamford Bridge, which would mean minutes of competition at the club.
Fernandez’s contract with Chelsea has been running for almost four weeks and given the £105 million the club has to pay for the young Argentine, it’s likely he’ll move straight into the first team.
Chelsea target Enzo Fernandez will not play for Benfica in their game against Arouca tonight, but is now said to be ‘closer to staying’ than leaving
Chelsea have agreed a £12 million fee with London rivals Arsenal for Jorginho as they clear the midfield.
Gallagher thrived under Vieira with his seemingly unceasing energy bringing drive and pace to the Eagles’ midfield.
The 22-year-old scored eight goals and assisted a further three in 34 league appearances in a successful loan spell that saw him impress Gareth Southgate enough to earn his first England call-up in November 2021.