Crystal Palace are reportedly interested in a summer swoop for Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher, according to The Sun.
The Lowdown: Crystal Palace ready for 2021/22 rebuild
As the Eagles get their summer recruitment drive underway, attentions now seem to have turned towards the 21-year-old, looking to bolster the Selhurst Park ranks following the release of 22 first-team players last month [Tribal Football].
Though the managerless Londoners have forayed into the transfer market with the acquisition of American midfielder Jacob Montes, they have also been linked with moves for Sebastiaan Bornauw and Marc Guehi, respectively.
However, Palace now seem to have identified Gallagher as a midfield target, potentially as a replacement for the outgoing James McCarthy [football.london].
Would Gallagher be a good signing for Crystal Palace?
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Allegedly, Crystal Palace are ready to offer Chelsea £15 million for the England Under-21 international [Sun].
Of course, this isn’t the first time the South-East London side have been keen on the anchorman, as they were monitoring his situation last summer, before his eventual move on loan to now relegated West Bromwich Albion [BBC].
Intriguingly, these reports may escalate considerably in significance, should mooted managerial target Frank Lampard arrive in the Selhurst Park dugout [Mirror]. Lampard coached the starlet in his previous coaching spell at West London giants Chelsea [Sky Sports].
The Verdict: Gallagher would be a solid addition to the Selhurst Park fold
Undoubtedly, Gallagher would represent a solid acquisition for Crystal Palace should any move come to fruition.
Enjoying previous Premier League exposure, the tireless enforcer made 32 appearances for West Bromwich Albion in 2020/21; registering two goals and two assists [Transfermarkt].
Once labelled ‘brilliant’ by former assistant coach Johnnie Jackson [Totally Football League Show], with time the Englishman could develop into an established Premier League midfielder. Impressing on loan in the Midlands, Gallagher successfully initiated roughly 2.7 tackles every 90 minutes [WhoScored].
As they gear up for 2021/22, Crystal Palace should endeavour to make the Chelsea academy product one of their first summer signings as they look to reduce the average age of what was an ageing squad.
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