Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher has signed a new contract with his parent club and will join West Bromwich Albion on a one-season loan.
The 20-year-old extending his deal ensures his long-term future remains with West Londoners after signaling interest in a permanent deal with Leeds United.
The youngster already had a move to Crystal Palace, but the Eagles opted to sign Michy Batshuayi on loan instead, causing the deal to fail due to Premier League rules which say only one loan is allowed between clubs during a league season.
A loan with Slaven Bilic’s side is the next step in the youngster’s development after a successful first professional season in the league with Swansea City and Charlton Athletic last season.
Gallagher has played 45 times for both clubs, scoring six times and getting 11 assists as he helped the Swans in the Championship playoffs.
The England Under-21 international is highly regarded at Cobham Training Center and appeared in Chelsea’s pre-season friendly against Brighton. He was named Academy Player of the Year in 2019 and was part of the Europa League final squad under Maurizio Sarri the same season.
The academy star is a versatile midfielder and can boast of having the Under-17 World Cup on his resume, having won it in 2017.
Chelsea now have sixteen players on loan across European football as they look to have another large squad on temporary move this season.
The Blues still have 46 players on their books, having spent around £ 200million ($ 257.4) on six new signings without doing much in terms of sales.
Still, the England transfer window is open until October 5, with figures including Matt Miazga, Malang Sarr, Jake Clarke-Salter, Dujon Sterling, Nathan Baxter and Baba Rahman actively in talks for moves.
Tiemoue Bakayoko’s slow talks with AC Milan remain pretty much intact as the Blues try to turn an option to buy clause into a clause forcing the Rossoneri to buy him at the end of the season.
Chelsea injured youngster Charly Musonda is still recovering from a serious knee problem as he struggles to be fit enough to be on loan in the final week of the transfer window.
A host of young Chelsea Under-18 players will also be considering loans, with Ian Maatsen, Henry Lawrence, Dynel Simeu and Lewis Bate evaluating their first forays into men’s football.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are in the final stages of talks to bring in Edouard Mendy from Rennes, with the Ligue 1 club set to lose their No.1 goalkeeper after significant progress on Friday afternoon.
The Blues are also interested in signing Declan Rice from West Ham, but their London rivals remain keen to resist Frank Lampard’s approaches.