Roma boss Jose Mourinho is ready to tempt Chelsea star and Crystal Palace loanee Conor Gallagher with a move to Italy next season, according to TEAMtalk. The 22-year-old can stake a realistic claim to being the signing of the season thus far in England. Gallagher joined Crystal Palace on loan from Chelsea last summer and has earned rave reviews for his all-action performances under Patrick Vieira.
At present, Chelsea’s off-field turmoil prevents them from signing or selling players. Those restrictions are expected to be lifted once a takeover is completed. That is something that should transpire long before the summer transfer window opens.
As such, Chelsea will have a decision to make regarding Gallagher’s future.
Thomas Tuchel could opt to keep Gallagher around and integrate him into his starting eleven. But with Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic on the books, Gallagher’s growth could be stunted if he is limited to a squad role.
The idea of another loan stint away has been floated across the media. Palace are obviously interested again, while Frank Lampard could utilise his Chelsea connections to bring him to Everton – providing they beat the drop. But Roma boss Mourinho, like so many, has also been hugely impressed by Gallagher.
If Gallagher, now an England international, is offered the chance to move on-loan again – we understand Mourinho has already made it known to Chelsea he would love to take him. Roma and Chelsea have a good relationship having conducted the deal that saw Tammy Abraham move to Italy last summer.