Chelsea have a big decision to make, as Crystal Palace have approached the Blues for midfield star Conor Gallagher, in a £27million bid.
Gallagher spent last season on loan at Palace. The campaign could be seen as a breakout season in the top-flight for the Chelsea academy product.
Indeed, Gallagher contributed to 11 league goals, as well as a further two in the FA Cup. He finished the season as Palace’s second-top goalscorer, and was one of the best midfielders in the Premier League for much of the season.
Gallagher was a consistent performer for the Eagles, missing just two league games that he was eligible for. However, since he has returned to Chelsea, he has not been utilised quite as much.
The midfielder made it onto the pitch for just six minutes across the Blues’ first two fixtures this season. He started the next two games, but was sent off in the first half of Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Leicester City.
Gallagher will, no doubt, hope for more starts throughout the season. The England international will not want to sit on the bench for long periods.
He has reportedly made his World Cup aspirations clear to Thomas Tuchel. As such, starts will be key for him to remain in form, and continue to be selected for England.
They have seemingly been keen on taking Gallagher on board again for some time.
Furthermore, they will hope that Chelsea are willing to allow the 22-year-old to leave on a permanent transfer.
Chelsea have big decision to make over Gallagher
Chelsea now have a big decision to make, over whether or not they accept Palace’s offer. Indeed, selling him could stunt their own pursuit of one star – Everton’s Anthony Gordon.
The Toffees reportedly asked for one of Armando Broja or Gallagher as part of a deal for Gordon – who Chelsea have been tracking.
Football Insider have recently revealed that Chelsea have offered both of those stars, as well as £25million. As such, it seems unlikely that they will accept a bid for Gallagher.
However, if they were to do so, they could use the funds they receive in a deal for Gordon, while still offering Broja.
Palace will hope that is the case, as Gallagher was one of their most potent assets last season. He would surely be able to thrive at Selhurst Park, as he did previously, and returning to Palace and playing consistently could help his World Cup aim.