Crystal Palace are not expected to make a bid to sign Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher on a permanent basis, according to Glenn Murray.
The former Palace striker (turned pundit) claims that he has it on good authority that the Eagles believe they have been priced out of a deal to keep the 22-year-old:
“I’ve spoken to the hierarchy of Crystal Palace about this and they were cursing how well he was doing at one point because he’s basically going to price them out of a move. He’s basically, Conor Gallagher, irreplaceable. Can I see him leaving Chelsea permanently? No, I can’t, especially with what’s going on at Chelsea. I think opportunities will probably arise there. Can I see him going back to Crystal Palace? Only in a loan capacity to keep progressing with the group.”
Even though he may not end up moving to Palace in the summer, there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding Gallagher’s future at Stamford Bridge. Many supporters would like the England international to be given an opportunity by manager Thomas Tuchel next season, but the club’s ownership situation means a number of outcomes are still possible.
If a rich new owner comes in and puts a lot of money on the table for transfers, Gallagher could well be forced to find first-team opportunities elsewhere. Alternatively, he could be attracted by a move abroad with reports this week claiming that Juventus or Inter Milan are interested in him. A second loan spell at Selhurst Park or elsewhere can’t be ruled out either.