Brighton eye Chelsea star Billy Gilmour with loan and option to buy | Football

Brighton are looking to sign Billy Gilmour from Chelsea before the September 1 deadline (Image: Getty)

Brighton are looking to sign Billy Gilmour from Chelsea before the September 1 deadline (Image: Getty)

Billy Gilmour could reportedly leave Chelsea with Premier League club Brighton interested in a loan deal with an option to buy.

The Scotland international made a major breakthrough at Stamford Bridge under Frank Lampard and looked to have featured prominently after a string of flashy performances in the early months of the German’s reign under Thomas Tuchel.

Gilmour later drew attention for his country at last summer’s European Championships but was subsequently loaned to Norwich City.

However, the 21-year-old struggled heavily during his time at Carrow Road and was regularly booed by his own supporters and failed to make his way into a team relegated back to the Championship.

Gilmour had hoped to fight for a first-team spot at Chelsea this season, but the writing was on the wall when he was asked to leave the pre-season first-team squad and train with the Under-23s.

Sky Sports are now reporting that Graham Potter’s Brighton are interested in a late deal for Gilmour before the September 1 deadline.

The Seagulls, who have made an impressive start to the season and are fourth after their first four games, are unable to sign Gilmour solely on loan as they have already signed Levi Colwill from Chelsea and Premier League rules dictate that a Club can not borrow more than one player from another team at the same time.

It means any potential deal would have to include an option to buy and Gilmour could now follow fellow midfielder Ross Barkley in leaving Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have terminated Barkley’s contract a year early to make room for a signing before the transfer window closes on Thursday – with the 28-year-old reportedly making £200,000 a week – after four boring years at the club.

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