Chelsea reportedly did not include an option for Crystal Palace to buy Conor Gallagher permanently when he joined them on loan in the summer.
This is according to the Daily Mail, who claim the Blues failed to add the possibility of a longer stay at Selhurst Park in the terms of Gallagher’s transfer.
Instead, the Champions League holders want to reintegrate the 21-year-old back into Thomas Tuchel’s squad next term.
Flying the Eagles nest
Palace fans will be devasted by this update, as they have grown very fond of the golden-haired Englishman.
Their hopes had been raised at a long-lasting marriage with the midfielder after it was suggested he had reservations about returning to Chelsea.
Gallagher apparently feared for his place at Stamford Bridge, due to the possible incomings of new signings over the next few windows.
Yet, if the Daily Mail’s report is correct, then the Cobham academy star should have no such concerns.
Born into blue
Although Chelsea supporters will undoubtedly approach this development with caution.
They might not sell the boy from Epsom to the Eagles, but this isn’t to say another club could be the grateful benefactor.
After all, Gallagher is now one of the hottest properties on the market, following his performances in the Premier League.
Not to mention the added bonus of being an England senior international, after recently earning a promotion from the junior side.
Tyrone Mings called him ‘fantastic’ after the youngster made his Three Lions debut on Monday evening.
No doubt a flurry of top-flight teams will come hunting for his signature if he comes available again before next season.
If Chelsea are going to be true to their word, then they may have to bat away several offers with a long stick.