According to The Athletic’s Everton reporter Greg O’Keeffe, the Merseyside club remain interested in signing the Chelsea youngster during the current transfer window.
In a report for The Athletic discussing the Toffees’ transfer targets, O’Keeffe stated that Frank Lampard is a long-term admirer of the midfielder, and that a greater provision of goals from the centre of the pitch is a priority for the Everton manager.
Gallagher fits the profile of player that Lampard wants, but Everton will reportedly need to compete with many other interested clubs for the 22-year-old, while there is every chance that Thomas Tuchel will want to keep the player at Stamford Bridge.
It is no secret that Everton are in desperate need for reinforcements this summer following a troubling season in which the Toffees finished on their joint-lowest points-per-game total ever, so Farhad Moshiri must seal a deal for Gallagher in order to spark an improvement.
The Merseysiders must utilise this transfer window to bring in players who can add quality and instantly have a positive influence on the team. Gallagher could certainly deliver that if he can emulate the form that he displayed over his season-long loan at Crystal Palace last term.
The 22-year-old midfielder scored eight goals, delivered three assists and created five big chances, making 1.1 key passes and two tackles per game, while also completing the majority of his dribble attempts (57%) across 34 Premier League appearances.
It is clear that the Chelsea academy graduate is bursting with potential and talent, something that Lampard could fine-tune if he is given the opportunity to reunite with the player at Goodison Park this summer. The Everton boss could use his own experience as a potent, attack-minded midfielder to get the best out of Gallagher.
However, it will likely be difficult to convince Tuchel to part ways with his £50m-valued sensation for another year, especially after he dubbed the young talent “extraordinary” and “outstanding” during last season (via The Athletic).
The Chelsea boss said of the 22-year-old: “His development is extraordinary and outstanding. I believe Conor can be a part of our squad and can play a role with us.
“We need to speak after the season with everybody, speak after the season about what Conor wants. We need to see what the situation is and what role we have for him that he can fight for.”
All things considered, the signing of Gallagher (even on loan) would be a fantastic piece of business for Everton, but it would only be a short-term fix to their problems as it seems highly unlikely that Chelsea will consider selling him as he continues to develop and thrive in the Premier League.