Everton are ‘unlikely to ever’ sign Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher following their failed attempt in January, journalist Paul Brown has told GiveMeSport.
The 22-year-old has been linked to several Premier League clubs in recent weeks as his future remains firmly up in the air, but it doesn’t seem as though Goodison Park is a likely landing spot.
Everton transfer news – Conor Gallagher
Fabrizio Romano revealed in the final days of the winter window that Everton made a bid totalling £45 million for Gallagher after receiving the same fee for Anthony Gordon from Newcastle United.
However, the England international stayed at his boyhood club throughout January despite further interest from Newcastle and Crystal Palace.
Chelsea did offload Jorginho to Arsenal last month, but the record-breaking arrival of Enzo Fernandez from Benfica has thrown Gallagher’s long-term future at Stamford Bridge into doubt.
The Evening Standard have claimed that the box-to-box dynamo is on a list of fringe players who could be sacrificed as the west London outfit look to make up for a potential lack of Champions League money next season.
Yet Gallagher may be out-of-reach for Everton even if they manage to stay in the Premier League given the level of competition for his signature.
What has Brown said about Gallagher?
Everton were the only English top-flight side that failed to make a single signing in January despite their precarious position in the bottom three.
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And Brown has told GMS that he doesn’t believe the Toffees ‘ever got anywhere near signing’ Gallagher and are not likely to in the future.
He said: “I genuinely don’t think that Everton ever got anywhere near signing Conor Gallagher in January, and that is quite unlikely to ever happen anytime in the future.”
How has Gallagher been playing?
Gallagher, who earns £50,000-per-week, enjoyed a real breakout season last term, registering eight goals and five assists in 39 appearances during a loan spell at Palace.
But the youngster has struggled to maintain those levels after returning to his parent club, racking up just two goal contributions in 25 outings across all competitions for Chelsea.
Everton are relatively well-stocked in the middle of the park, though, with the partnership of Alex Iwobi, Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gueye one of their few bright spots in a testing campaign.
Therefore, Everton may be better off focussing their attention and resources on alternative targets.
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