Leeds United are interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher on loan this summer, according to Football.London.
The 20-year-old enjoyed a fine season in the Championship in 2019/20, initially featuring for Charlton Athletic before being recalled by his parent club and sent back out to Swansea City.
His seven assists in 21 league outings helped the Welsh side to the play-off semi-finals, where they were beaten by Brentford.
And it is understood that Chelsea are now keen for him to gain Premier League experience in the upcoming campaign.
Football.London report that 12 clubs are in the chase for his signature this summer, with Leeds facing competition from Fulham, Southampton, and Crystal Palace, among others.
It is suggested that the Blues are eager for Gallagher to play in the top flight, but would prefer him to feature for a side who play in a similar manner to themselves.
The report claims that that could complicate matters for the Eagles in particular.
The Sun recently reported that a number of German clubs are keeping tabs on Gallagher too, but a move to an English peer remains Chelsea’s most desired outcome.
The competition will be fierce, but this would be a fantastic signing for Leeds if we can get it over the line.
Gallagher enjoyed a breakout campaign in the Championship last season, and his good form was a key factor in helping Swansea to reach the play-offs.
The youngster registered more dribbles, more interceptions, and a higher shot accuracy per game than Matheus Klich this season, as per Wyscout, and it’s clear that he is ready for the challenge of a regular top flight spot.
From Chelsea’s point of view, who better to nurture their young talent than Marcelo Bielsa too?
The job he has done with the likes of Ben White and Jack Harrison proves that he can be more than trusted to improve and hone promising players, and you would hope that his track record could give us the edge in this one.
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