CHELSEA are reluctant to allow Conor Gallagher to move to a rival.
Gallagher, 22, could leave the Blues today if they land Enzo Fernandez from Benfica.
Everton have bid £40million plus £5m in add-ons but the England midfielder is not interested in moving to Goodison Park.
Newcastle are keen, though a loan would suit them better, but Chelsea would need to be convinced to let the player go to a club competing with them for a Champions League spot.
The same could be said for the Big Six clubs that are monitoring Gallagher‘s situation.
Crystal Palace are certain to be interested in bringing him back on loan after borrowing him with such success last season.
Right now, SunSport understands a number of scenarios are on the table – including the possibility of staying, even if Fernandez signs.
It could depend on if Chelsea sign another midfielder separate to the Argentine World Cup winner – and whether Jorginho departs.
The Italian is in the last six months of his contract at Stamford Bridge.
He has many suitors with one being Premier League leaders Arsenal.
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The Gunners could make a move to sign Jorginho as an alternative to Brighton’s Moises Caicedo.
Arsenal have had three bids rejected for the Ecuadorian midfielder, with the Seagulls determined to keep hold of him.