Chelsea decide their 22-year-old youngster is now worth £40m, they don't want to sell him - journalist
Chelsea have apparently now placed a price tag on Conor Gallagher, despite their desire not to sell him this month.
Speaking on the Blues Brothers YouTube channel, Ben Jacobs named the figure that Gallagher is valued at by his employers.
The 22-year-old is clearly rated by the Stamford Bridge board and those below them.
Thomas Tuchel decided to recall the England international to his squad over the summer, having previously allowed him to spend a season on loan at Crystal Palace.
Tuchel’s sacking in September did not stop Gallagher’s status in the first-team.
Graham Potter has continued to play the academy graduate, and has in fact picked him more than any other player this term.
Yet, there reportedly remains interest from outside of Cobham in the Epsom-born young man.
What will happen to Conor Gallagher this month?
Whilst Potter seems to have zero intentions to let go of the former Eagle, a certain bid might be enough to persuade Chelsea to cough up.
“Conor Gallagher, Chelsea’s stance at least is that they would rather on loan him and the interested parties Newcastle and Crystal Palace historically want an obligation to buy,” explained Jacobs.
“Chelsea’s valuation of Conor Gallagher is £35m or £40m, but they really don’t want to sell permanently.”
A loan move could of course be beneficial for Gallagher.
His spell at Selhurst Park is a prime example of the positive impact a switch away from Chelsea can provide.
On the other hand, it could be detrimental.
Gallagher is finally a regular at his boyhood club, a position he might lose if he leaves now and struggles to return.