“It is heavily up to [them],” the German said, “and how they do.”
Gallagher spent the entirety of the 2021/22 season on loan at Crystal Palace, where he tallied eight goals and three assists in 34 matches. He made his senior England debut on November 15 and was named Palace’s Player of the Year.
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JUNE 14: Conor Gallagher of England during the UEFA Nations League League A Group 3 match between England and Hungary at Molineux on June 14, 2022 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)
If Gallagher or Chelsea feel the midfielder is unable to contribute regular this season, both could be motivated to move on.
Gallagher, now with four England caps, will want regular playing time to best position himself for World Cup call up. He could force a move–permanent or loan–in order to do so.
Additionally, Chelsea may see this as a good opportunity to cash in on Gallagher. He’s a wanted man following a strong season at Palace; if he’s not in Tuchel’s plans they could fetch a pretty penny for his transfer.
Enter Villa, who are an attractive project and an opportunity for regular minutes. He would walk right into Gerrard’s starting XI and makes Villa a better team overnight.
And if the reported £30 million price-point is accurate, the move is a no-brainer.
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