Conor Gallagher had a stellar 2021/22 season on loan at Crystal Palace, and in 2022/23 he returned to parent club Chelsea to show his worth. However, his first full season at Stamford Bridge did not go exactly as planned, and he was mainly a rotation player even at a struggling Chelsea side (18 league starts, 3 goals).
The 23-year-old midfielder has two more years left on his contract with the Blues, so this might be the right opportunity to part ways with the club. Several clubs have been rumoured to be interested in the English international, explaining the surge in Conor Gallagher’s transfer odds.
List of latest Conor Gallagher transfer odds
A stay at Chelsea is not ruled out, and it makes sense for the 23-year-old to expect more chances after the departures of his competitors Mason Mount, Matteo Kovacic, and N’Golo Kante. If he is to leave Cobham, though, West Ham rank first in Conor Gallagher’s next club odds.
|Connor Gallagher next club||Sky Bet ODDS|
|Stay at Chelsea||2.5|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||11.0|
Despite finishing 14th, West Ham will be playing Europa League football next season after winning the Conference League in June. This upgrade is not the main reason the Irons need reinforcements in midfield, though. The main reason is their captain and undisputed starter Declan Rice joining Arsenal earlier this month. The actual reason would be their captain and undisputed starter Declan Rice joining Arsenal earlier this month.
West Ham have already expressed interest in Gallagher, rumours claim, and might be able to meet Chelsea’s £40 million asking price after selling Rice for £105 million. No doubt, Conor would become a starter in David Moyes’s team in an instant, but is he ready to give up on the dream of making it at a top club?
Tottenham Hotspur too are in search of new midfielders as they are expected to sell Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg this summer, and have reportedly earmarked Gallagher as a potential replacement. The 23-year-old Englishman has all the chances to establish himself as a starter at Spurs; unlike Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 which had just two central midfielders, incoming manager Ange Postecoglou uses a formation with three central midfielders (4-3-3).
However, Tottenham do not have much to offer besides the promise of regular playing time (which can still be very important ahead of next summer’s Euros). Spurs failed to qualify for European football, and with leaders like Hojbjerg and Harry Kane rumoured to be on the go, they may have another difficult season ahead.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Brighton have sold their key midfielder Alexis Mac Allister to Liverpool for £35 million and, as per reports, are also in advanced talks with Chelsea over the transfer of Moises Caicedo, another undisputed starter for Roberto De Zerbi. The Seagulls are thus said to be interested in Gallagher, who they want as part of a swap deal, as an answer to their incoming midfield shortage. Alternatively, Brighton would have to meet Chelsea’s asking price.
The club has already brought in James Milner and Mahmoud Dahoud as free agents, but a 37-year-old veteran and an injury-prone player (just 10 appearances last term) cannot be enough for a team playing both Premier League and Europa League football this season.
Newcastle United made an unsuccessful attempt to sign Gallagher in the winter transfer window on deadline day, and it is claimed that the interest has been reignited in recent weeks. The Magpies will be playing Champions League this season for the first time in almost 20 years, so reinforcements are welcomed.
The Toon have already signed Sandro Tonali from AC Milan for around £65 million, but coach Eddie Howe also wants somebody with Premier League on their CV. In Gallagher, Newcastle would get a young midfielder with both Premier League and European experience, a creative outlet who would combine well with newly-signed Tonali.
While not ranking the highest in Conor Gallagher’s next club odds, Liverpool have the Chelsea academy product on their wishlist as they are on a quest to bolster the midfield. The Reds have already signed Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai for £35 million and £60 million respectively. However, a third name to compensate for the possible departure of captain Jordan Henderson and offer competition to the young Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott seems appropriate.
Nevertheless, it is not easy to imagine Liverpool being willing to meet Chelsea’s price tag after already spending big on two players. And on Gallagher’s side, a move to Anfield would first of all mean increased competition for a starting spot.