Crystal Palace ‘will table a £20m bid for Conor Gallagher in January’ if he fails to hold down a Chelsea spot with the midfielder impressing during loan spell at Selhurst Park last season
- Gallagher, 22, enjoyed a great season on loan with Crystal Palace in 2021-22
- He has started the season in Chelsea’s midfield after returning to parent club
- But Gallagher was sent off during Blues’ win over Leicester last weekend
- Palace reportedly believe they can secure permanent deal for Gallagher
Gallagher, 22, impressed during a loan spell at Selhurst Park last season and Palace wanted him to return during the summer.
But Thomas Tuchel wanted to keep the England international at Stamford Bridge.
Crystal Palace could return with a bid to sign Conor Gallagher during the January window
Gallagher excelled in Palace’s midfield under Patrick Vieira during his loan spell last season
However, Gallagher has endured a rocky start to the season and was sent off in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Leicester City last weekend.
He returned to Chelsea’s starting line-up for Saturday’s win over West Ham but competition for places is strong in their midfield.
And The Sun report that Palace will try to sign Gallagher permanently in January if they can secure a deal for around £20million – plus add-ons.
Gallagher scored eight goals and registered five assists in 39 appearances for Palace during last season’s loan.
Gallagher received a red card during Chelsea’s win over Leicester City last weekend
The midfielder’s form at Palace led to him securing a place in the England team last season
His form earned him a maiden first England call-up last November and he made his debut in a World Cup qualifier against San Marino.
Gallagher will want to push for a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad but will need to play regularly for Chelsea.
The Blues have taken 10 points from their opening six matches in the Premier League but have already suffered defeats to Leeds United and Southampton.
They begin their Champions League campaign with a trip to Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night.
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