Leeds United enter race for Chelsea starlet Conor Gallagher

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A new season and plenty new faces linked with a move to Leeds United.

Some things never change, however for Marcelo Bielsa's squad this term will be a distinctly different experience.

After 16 long years outside of the top flight the Whites are now back where they belong, and they've got every intention of staying there.

Avoiding relegation this season is far from guaranteed, though, with the Premier League boasting some of the worlds' richest clubs.

That means that if Leeds are going to be able to compete with the best, they'll almost certainly need to strengthen.

While the likes of Ollie Watkins, Said Benrahma and Eberechi Eze have been linked with summer moves, it's a player from the upper echelons of the top flight who is now being linked.

That man is Conor Gallagher.

Reports from Football London have claimed that the Whites are keen on a move for the Chelsea prospect.

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The 20-year-old was hugely impressive during loan spells with Charlton Athletic and Swansea City last term where he scored six and created 11 in the Championship.

It's claimed that Chelsea are keen for the midfielder to head out on loan to a top flight club who play a similar style of play to Frank Lampard's side - something that could play into the hands of the Yorkshire side.

Gallagher is said to be on the radar of 12 different clubs, including Crystal Palace and Marcelo Bielsa's side - both of would prefer a permanent deal rather than a loan switch.

With first team opportunities likely to be limited at Stamford Bridge, it seems likely that the midfielder will be allowed to move on, however it's highly unlikely that a permanent deal will be entertained by the west London side.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

What a deal this would be for Leeds United.

Conor Gallagher was among the most impressive young players in the Championship last term after impressing for Charlton Athletic and Swansea City.

Lee Bowyer was distraught when the midfielder moved to Wales, describing him as 'impossible to replace'.

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His form also played a big part in the Swans' run to the play-off semi-finals.

The midfielder is a player who looks destined for a career at the very top, and that means that it's no surprise that the Blues are keen to keep hold of him.

A permanent move is likely to be out of the question, but a loan switch to a Premier League club is almost inevitable.

With plenty of competition for his signature, Leeds face an uphill battle to convince Frank Lampard's side that they're the best place for him to go.

However with Marcelo Bielsa in charge there's no question that the midfielder would develop significantly under the Argentine's leadership.

This is a deal that's likely to rumble on into next month, but for Leeds there's no doubt that he'd be an excellent addition.

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