Leeds United want to sign Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher on a permanent deal, according to the Daily Mail.
The starlet has been linked with a potential exit from Stamford Bridge for some time now, but the assumption up until this point has been that he would be leaving the Blues on a temporary basis.
The 20-year-old spent last season out on loan at Charlton Athletic and Swansea City.
It would appear that Leeds are interested in testing Chelsea’s resolve by pursuing a permanent transfer for the youngster, however.
According to the Mail, the Whites are so convinced that Gallagher would be a good fit for Marcelo Bielsa’s side that they are willing to forego a loan deal and bring him in on a full-time basis.
The report does state, however,Lee that Frank Lampard is unlikely to agree to a permanent exit as he views the player so highly.
It is understood that Gallagher is being lined up for a new contract in the capital, and that the Blues would much prefer a loan exit.
On paper, Gallagher certainly looks as if he would be a great addition for the Whites.
As per Wyscout, he registered more dribbles, more interceptions, and a higher shot accuracy per game than Matheus Klich last season.
He is a young, high energy talent, and it’s very easy to see why Bielsa would be so keen to bring him in and sculpt him in that typical Leeds mould.
But the real stickler here is whether or not Chelsea will actually let him.
If Lampard rates him as highly as this report suggests, it’s difficult to foresee how or why the Blues would part with with him.
A loan move could still be feasible, but a permanent deal would be a whole lot harder to wrap up.
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