By Adefunmiloye Alani

24th Jun, 2021 | 11:30am

Leeds United linked with loan move for Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour

Chelsea are keen on allowing midfielder Billy Gilmour to leave on loan this summer and Leeds United have been mooted as a potential destination, according to the Daily Record.

The Scotland international featured in just 11 games across all competitions at Stamford Bridge last season and manager Thomas Tuchel wants his development to continue next term through regular football.

Leeds are in need of a central midfielder this summer, but it remains to be seen whether they are keen on Gilmour.

A Chelsea source told Daily Record: “There have been some conflicting signals where Billy’s immediate future is concerned. It may depend on whether or not Mateo Kovacic stays or leaves the club this summer.

“But there is no doubt how highly Chelsea rate Billy. If they do agree to loan him out for experience they might prefer him to be playing in the Premier League with the likes of Norwich, Wolves or Leeds.

A bargain loan deal

The Elland Road outfit have been linked with a couple of names already this summer, while Udinese’s hefty price tag put them off a deal for Rodrigo de Paul last summer.

A temporary solution to our woes could be found in the brilliant Gilmour, but director of football Victor Orta and head coach Marcelo Bielsa could be keen on a permanent move instead after the Ben White saga from last summer.

Gary Neville was effusive in showering praises on the 20-year-old following Scotland’s clash with England in the group stages of Euro 2020 last weekend.

Gilmour deservedly emerged as the man-of-the-match after the goalless draw, and the ITV pundit claimed he is technically better than Whites star midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

While we do not agree with that assessment, the Champions League winner had a better game without a doubt and is an incredible player.

Gilmour is brilliant on the ball and at accepting it, and Leeds could do with his creativity in the middle of the park.

We badly need a central midfielder this summer, and landing one with English football experience and loads of potential on a loan could be a bargain.

In other Leeds news, Graham Smyth claims Whites have tabled bid for teenager in ‘Fresh round of recruitment’.