Norwich City are close to a deal to sign Chelsea’s Billy Gilmour on loan for the 2021/22 season, MyFootballWriter understands.
Reports of the Canaries’ interest in the 20-year-old surfaced yesterday, and a deal is already being worked on, with Chelsea, Gilmour and Norwich keen on making the temporary move happen.
The Scotland midfielder’s presence at Euro 2020, along with the mandatory isolation incurred by his recent positive Covid-19 test result, means that the announcement of the deal will have to wait, however.
The Chelsea no 23’s positive test result was the catalyst for recent controversy over isolation guidance, as England’s Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell were forced to miss the Three Lions’ final group game because of time they spent with their Blues club mate.
None of Gilmour’s Tartan teammates were required to isolate, however, a baffling decision given they spent long periods of time in the Scotland changing room and camp with him.
Gilmour’s arrival isn’t expected to impact City’s chase for Oliver Skipp. Premier League regulations allow for two loans from other top flight clubs, leaving space for the Tottenham man should Spurs allow him to leave temporarily. Stuart Webber will prioritise Skipp over other loans, however, ruling out any other Premier League loans.
Gilmour has only appeared in 11 Premier League games, but has impressed on the international stage with a man of the match performance against England at the Euros. His experience with the Scottish national team means he’s already known by Kenny McLean and City captain Grant Hanley, who last night worryingly limped off in the 33rd minute of Scotland’s final game at the tournament, in a move surrounded by prior connections.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel previously worked with Daniel Farke when the Norwich boss was his reserve coach at Borussia Dortmund, and Canaries fans had been speculating about the benefits in NR1 to Tuchel’s arrival in West London.
The agreement comes as City ramp up their transfer business with their shock swoop for Werder Bremen attacker Milot Rashica. .