The next big deal from the Chelsea Academy, Conor Gallagher, has reportedly made up his mind and will join West Bromwich Albion on loan for next season.
Hearing that Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher increasingly likely to join West Brom on loan. Could go through in next day or two. Villa and Leeds also been interested in him #cfc— Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) September 14, 2020
The 20-year-old was all set to go to Crystal Palace before the Eagles opted to bring in Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea instead. Since you can’t have more than one player on loan from another Premier League team, Gallagher had to look for another option. And it looks like West Brom have beaten out both Aston Villa and Leeds United for the youngster’s signature.
I understand Conor Gallagher has chosen to join Albion on loan. Reports in London state he will leave Chelsea as soon as he puts pen to paper on a new long-term deal with the club. #wba— Joseph Masi (@JosephMasi_Star) September 14, 2020
According to the reports, the only thing standing in the way of this deal now is Gallagher signing his long-term Chelsea contract extension, which should ensure that this temporary move remains just a temporary move and doesn’t turn into something more definitive, which is one of the usual risks in these things. The other big risk is of course not playing enough, but Gallagher proved himself more than capable in the Championship last season and should be able to do so again for the newly promoted side.