Conor Gallagher is for sale – but he shouldn’t be

The Athletic’s piece about Chelsea’s summer transfer plans makes it very clear that Conor Gallagher is a piece that the Blues consider sellable this summer.

If they need to raise funds for a transfer of their own, they’re clearly more than happy to sell him off. Simon Johnson says that Tottenham, West Ham and Brighton all want the midfielder. Given he ended up playing an important role for the Blues this season just gone, and given we’re also likely to be losing N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount from the team, we can’t see it being a good idea to allow Gallagher to go too.

He’s a rough diamond without doubt, but he’s home grown, works hard, loves the club and cost nothing. That’s a reason to keep him, not a reason to sell him. If we sell him and are left with basically Enzo Fernandez and one other in midfield, all that guarantees is that we have to make another signing in that position.

In that case, why not just keep Gallagher? He’s not a spare part, he was a regular last season, starting 18 Premier League games and coming off the bench in 17 others. That’s a full season’s worth of minutes to replace, and given we’re being quoted £100m for Moises Caicedo, who do we really forsee getting who is going to contribute like Gallagher has? This seems like another short sighted decision.

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