Chelsea news: Expert 'sure' on Conor Gallagher move amid '£30m' claim
Noel Whelan has insisted midfield ace Conor Gallagher will get his chance to impress at Chelsea during pre-season.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 22-year-old would attract a “£30million” fee if “things don’t work out” for him at Stamford Bridge.
Gallagher’s successful loan deal at Crystal Palace is set to expire at the end of the season.
The midfielder has notched eight goals and three assists in 27 Premier League outings while at Selhurst Park – and has been named in Gareth Southgate’s last two England squads.
As per the Mirror (18 April), Palace chairman Steve Parish has opened the door on extending Gallagher’s stay at the club past this summer.
Whelan insisted Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will give the midfielder a chance to prove his worth during pre-season.
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He told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “Gallagher’s certainly not doing himself any harm, is he?
“He’s performing brilliantly at Crystal Palace and really putting himself about.
“It will be hard to ignore a player like that for Thomas Tuchel. You just can’t turn a blind eye when he’s putting in performances like that.
“I’m sure he’ll be rewarded in some way at Chelsea – and I’m sure he’ll get the opportunity to show his worth in pre-season.
“And if things don’t work out – then Chelsea have still made themselves £30million. It’s a win either way.”
Gallagher’s Palace loan is his fourth successful spell away from Chelsea.
The midfield star has also impressed during temporary moves to West Brom, Swansea and Charlton.