Leeds United have been handed a major blow regarding their pursuit of Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher. According to various reports, Conor Gallagher has agreed to join Crystal Palace on loan from Chelsea.
Manager Marcelo Bielsa is certainly disappointed with the situation since he was the one pushing the Whites to move for the youngster. Marcelo Bielsa himself approached Conor Gallagher a week ago regarding a switch to Elland Road. In his talk with the 21-year-old, Bielsa promised Gallagher about the chances at first-team football.
Though Crystal Palace and Newcastle United were equally interested in him at that time. But according to various reports at that time, Leeds United were the favourites to sign him. But now the reports tell a different story. It is said that Conor Gallagher is more interested in the project at Crystal Palace under Patrick Vieira.
Conor Gallagher is set to join Crystal Palace in the coming days after his medical and then paperwork between Chelsea and Crystal Palace are concluded. The 21-year-old came through the ranks in Chelsea’s academic system in 2019. Though he is yet to make any senior appearance for the Blues. He is highly rated at Chelsea that is why the Blues have only sanctioned a loan move and not a permanent one.
Crystal Palace have been long-time admirers of the youngster and they were even close to land him a year ago. But the Eagles have finally landed him this summer. Apart from midfield, Conor can also play as a winger on both sides which adds versatility to the squad.
While Leeds United have to move on from this blow and focus on their other targets. Reports suggest that the Whites are still interested in bringing a midfielder to add more depth to the squad. Leeds United have to move quickly since their pre-season is already underway and the new Premier League season is just weeks away.