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Crystal Palace ‘hope’ to land Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher for second consecutive loan spell

The Eagles are hoping that November’s World Cup will play a role

Crystal Palace are keen to bring Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher back to Selhurst Park for a second consecutive loan spell, and are hoping that November’s World Cup will see the Englishman push for a move away from Stamford Bridge.

Gallagher broke into Gareth Southgate’s England squad last season after impressing on loan with Palace, and featured four times for the Three Lions. He has openly revealed that his dream is to succeed in midfield for the Blues, and returned to the club at the end of the 21/22 season in good stead to compete for a starting berth.

However, he was an injury time substitute for Chelsea in their Premier League opener, a 1-0 win over Everton, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek sent on ahead of Gallagher by Thomas Tuchel, and Mateo Kovacic also likely to be ahead of the Englishman in the pecking order when he returns to full fitness.

Meanwhile, the Blues are also pushing ahead with a deal for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who would see Gallagher slip even further down Thomas Tuchel’s options.

That could leave the 22-year-old considering his spot for the upcoming campaign, and as per the Times, Patrick Vieira is hoping to use last season’s example in a bid to persuade him to rejoin the Eagles for a second spell in a bid to retain his spot in the England squad.

Could it be the perfect answer?

Sending Gallagher back out on loan for another season could prove the perfect scenario for Chelsea. They are set to lose both N’Golo Kante and Jorginho at the end of the upcoming season, with both players out of contract in 2023 and as of yet having shown no intention of renewing their contracts at Stamford Bridge.

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Ben Browning

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