Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour is likely to complete a season-long loan move to Norwich City next week, sources have told The Athletic.
Clubs across the Premier League have expressed an interest in loaning Gilmour. The Athletic also understands there is some nervousness at Norwich while the deal remains incomplete – but they are confident a deal will get done in the end.
The youngster was voted man of the match on his full European Championship debut for Scotland against England at Wembley last week before a positive COVID-19 test forced him to miss his country’s final group match against Croatia on Tuesday.
Why have Chelsea picked Norwich?
It is understood that a move to Norwich is the option favoured by Chelsea and head coach Thomas Tuchel, who managed Borussia Dortmund’s first team when Norwich coach Daniel Farke was in charge of the club’s second team.
The two men have a good relationship, and the fact that Norwich also play a version of the “double six” midfield pairing that Tuchel has utilised to great effect at Chelsea means a season spent under Farke at Carrow Road is regarded as the best preparation for Gilmour’s planned return to Stamford Bridge next summer.
When would a move go through?
While not yet finalised, the deal is likely to be completed next week. Gilmour is free to undergo a medical as soon as he finishes his period of self-isolation on Wednesday.
It is understood the 20-year-old has not exhibited any symptoms of the disease, so no delays on that front are expected.
Would his deal at Chelsea be extended?
Gilmour has two years left to run on the four-year contract extension he signed at Stamford Bridge in September 2019.
Chelsea consider him an important part of their future plans and while no talks have yet taken place over a new deal, the Champions League winners could look to extend him before any loan move is completed.