Newcastle United want Conor Gallagher on loan from Chelsea this month, but reportedly want the deal to include a future option to buy the midfielder.
That is according to CBS Sports reporter Ben Jacobs, who has stated that the Blues are only interested in letting the 22-year-old leave temporarily.
Gallagher is one of three Chelsea players that Newcastle are currently looking at. The Telegraph recently stated that Gallagher, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Hakim Ziyech are all players who the Magpies are interested in.
Out of those options, Gallagher is the most appealing. However, he might also be the most difficult one to sign.
The England international is reportedly not interested in leaving Chelsea during the January transfer window. He is now featuring more regularly, and started the previous two Premier League games for Graham Potter’s side.
However, that might change if Chelsea sign a midfielder. They have been linked with Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo.
If either of them arrive, it could force Gallagher down the pecking order and potentially out the door. If that does happen, Newcastle will be on standby – but may still struggle to get the deal they want.
Newcastle want ‘option or obligation to buy’ Conor Gallagher
Journalist Ben Jacobs has been speaking to YouTube channel The Blues Brothers, and provided an update on Gallagher’s future.
“Conor Gallagher – Chelsea’s stance is that they would rather only loan him,” Jacobs said.
“The interested parties like Crystal Palace and Newcastle do want either an option or an obligation to buy.
“Chelsea’s valuation for Gallagher is £35million or £40million, but they really don’t want to sell permanently. So either they’ve got to bend on that because another midfielder comes on or it will only be a loan deal.”
No point for Newcastle if there is no option to buy
If Newcastle can’t get a loan deal that includes an option or an obligation to buy Gallagher then there is no point in doing a deal.
The Magpies are not in the market to improve other clubs’ players. And that would happen to Gallagher if he moved to Tyneside and played for Eddie Howe.
The midfielder would surely get better as a footballer, but it would ultimately only serve Chelsea if it was merely a loan deal with no view to a permanent move.
Newcastle do have the option of pursuing a permanent deal now, but Jacobs states that Potter’s side would not be keen on that. However, their stance could change if a new midfielder arrives in West London.
If he is available for between £35million and £40million then Newcastle would need to invest a serious amount of money to sign Gallagher right now. It would likely hinder our ability to spend in the summer, although there would at least be no more need for a midfielder to arrive.
Gallagher looks like someone who could thrive at Newcastle. That has always been the case, and he is someone who has been linked with a move up north for years.
Now Newcastle are a different beast, and a much more appealing proposition. However, it will not make a deal any easier, and it sounds like it could be nigh on impossible to sign the 22-year-old.