Football London reports that Chelsea are set to recall Conor Gallagher from his loan spell at Charlton Athletic amid alleged Rangers interest.
The 19-year-old midfielder joined the Addicks on a season-long loan in August, but the deal includes a recall clause.
The Football London report asserts that the recall decision hasn’t been made by Chelsea in order to draft him into the first team, but, in order to send him out on a different loan stint elsewhere for the second half of the season.
It’s said that Burnley and Norwich City have been unsuccessful with loan-to-buy type bids, but that Rangers and Championship clubs QPR, Swansea, West Brom and Millwall are all interested.
The former Chelsea Academy Player of the Year has made 25 Championship appearances for Charlton, scoring six goals and registering three assists [Transfermarkt].
This is an intriguing situation, as it’s rare to see a player actively recalled from a loan spell just so he can be shipped out elsewhere.
However, if the list of interested parties is exhaustive, it has to be good news for Rangers.
Why would Chelsea bring him back from a Championship club only to loan him out to another?
Sending Gallagher on loan to Rangers would present him with an entirely different challenge. He’d be leaving not just London, but England and heading North to join a massive club in a different league.
It would take him out of his comfort zone and could be an ideal short term solution for the Gers.
With Andy King having returned to Leicester City and departures expected for both Greg Docherty and Matt Polster, Steven Gerrard may soon be short on cover in midfield.
Bringing in Gallagher on a loan deal would fill the void until the end of the season, at which point Rangers can fully assess where they’re at.
UPDATE: Shortly after this article was published, Charlton confirmed that Chelsea had opted to recall Gallagher [Charlton Athletic Official Twitter]