Chelsea are looking to secure Conor Gallagher’s future by offering him a new long-term contract. During the summer transfer window, West Ham, Tottenham, and Brighton showed interest in the midfielder, but Chelsea rejected the bids. However, Chelsea’s midfield is already packed with new arrivals, such as Enzo Fernandez, Moises Caicedo, and Romeo Lavia. Gallagher’s contract will expire in 2025, so next summer is the last chance for Chelsea to receive a significant transfer fee for him.
According to data analytics experts SciSports, Gallagher is considered one of Chelsea’s top players. He is their second-strongest central midfielder and has the potential to become a key player for the club. Surprisingly, Gallagher is predicted to have a higher ceiling than even Enzo Fernandez, who was signed for a record fee. If Chelsea is looking for a balanced midfield between a defensive and an attacking player, Gallagher is the best option to partner with Moises Caicedo.
However, Chelsea faces a decision. Their midfield is comparatively weak compared to other top Premier League teams like Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, and even Tottenham. Gallagher would only be a fifth or sixth-choice player at those clubs. Additionally, selling Gallagher would significantly improve Chelsea’s Financial Fair Play standing. If Chelsea wants to compete with the elite teams in the Premier League, they need to make big decisions and upgrade their midfield.
While Gallagher is a solid player, he may not get playing time at the level Chelsea aspires to. Therefore, the suggestion is to let him go and find a suitable replacement.