Norwich leading the race to sign Billy Gilmour on loan

Newly promoted Premier League side Norwich City are reportedly close to signing Chelsea midfielder and Scotland international Billy Gilmour on loan.

The Scottish midfielder has had it difficult at Chelsea with regular playing time as the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, and Mateo Kovacic are ahead of him in the team, and this was the case last season.

The 20-year-old is currently in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 and was ruled out of Scotland’s next game in the Euros if they had progressed to the knockout stages. Regardless, he made just 5 appearances for Chelsea last season under Thomas Tuchel.

Therefore, a loan move would be ideal for the development of the player as he is bound to get more game time if he impresses. The youngster has established himself as one of the top young talents at Stamford Bridge but it remains to be seen if he would be given a chance to prove himself.

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It can be recalled that Gilmour was impressive under Frank Lampard and also showed some flashes of brilliance under Tuchel. However, due to a congested midfield with more experienced players, he was restricted to limited playing time.

It is believed that Chelsea are ready to let him leave on a loan deal to Norwich as they believe that he would flourish under Daniel Farke. If the Canaries can close the deal, the Scottish midfielder will be the latest addition to Carrow Road after the arrival of Angus Gunn from Southampton on a four-year deal.

Meanwhile, Billy Gilmour’s quarantine is set to end on Thursday, and only then would things become clearer as he could be ready to undergo a medical at that point. However, the Canaries would have to deal with the possibility of other clubs trying to make moves for him until then.

As for Chelsea, the departure of the Scot won’t be majorly felt although he has proven to be a quality player when called upon. The Blues would also be able to add another quality signing in the middle of the park in his absence.

Meanwhile, it may also depend on the future of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tiemoue Bakayoko at Stamford Bridge.