Swansea City have joined Bristol City with confirmed interest in Chelsea’s attacking midfielder Kasey Palmer, who has over 100 Championship appearances already at the tender age of 22 thanks to loans at Huddersfield Town, Derby County, Blackburn Rovers, and Bristol City.
With two years still left on his Chelsea contract, Palmer was expected to either add to that record with another loan, or, more likely move on in a more permanent fashion, just like his fellow loan-mates at Bristol City last season, Jay Dasilva and Tomáš Kalas. But neither of those outcomes happened yet, thanks in part to Palmer staying with the first-team not just for training camp in Dublin but also for the tour of Japan.
And while that’s been great and all, it’s unlikely to continue into the season proper, and it has had a negative effect in sorting out Palmer’s future. Bristol City already moved in a different direction. Fortunately, Swansea City are still interested and are hoping to get things rolling now that everyone’s back in good ol’ England.
“Kasey has been out in Japan with Chelsea and he’s played some minutes for them.
“There are lots of players we have let our interest known on. It’s difficult to make massive progress when the big Premier League clubs are away on pre-season tours. They’re back in England now and hopefully that might help with the players we’re looking at. Ideally you want to get players in as quickly as possible, but it’s never easy as I’m finding out.”
-Steve Cooper, Swansea City manager; source: Mail
The Mail’s report goes on to claim that Palmer is “keen to find a permanent home” and that Chelsea are willing to let him go for just £3.5m.
Palmer joined Chelsea as a 16-year-old from Charlton Athletic’s youth setup and has played key roles in all the usual successes we’ve grown accustomed to from the Baby Blues. He was also an important contributor to Huddersfield’s Premier League promotion in 2017 and won the Toulon Tournament with England U21.
During preseason, he’s shown plenty of willingness to work hard in addition to his innate talent, but he remains stuck in a grey zone as far as overall prospects are concerned. Is he good enough for the Premier League? Is he destined for a career in the second tier? His next move could have major repercussions in that regard.