Amid interest from Tottenham Conor Gallagher ‘likely to stay at Chelsea
Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher is reportedly expected to stay at the club despite interest from Tottenham Hotspur.
Gallagher has established himself as a key player in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad, having started 19 of the club’s 20 Premier League games – only missing December’s clash with Manchester United due to suspension.
As a reflection of his status in the squad, Gallagher has been entrusted with the captain’s armband in several of his top-flight outings.
Despite being one of the first names on Pochettino’s teamsheet, the England international has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.
There has been a suggestion that the club’s co-owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital would be open to selling the 23-year-old.
As a product of Chelsea’s academy system, Gallagher would generate pure profit in any sale, which would help improve Chelsea’s Financial Fair Play status.
With the club’s hierarchy willing to listen to offers for Gallagher, there has been speculation linking him with a move to London rivals Tottenham.
While Spurs may have registered an interest, The Mirror are reporting that Gallagher is set to remain at Chelsea in the current transfer window.
Although a January departure appears unlikely, Chelsea are still open to any official bids, having set Gallagher’s asking price at £60m.
The report claims that a £50m bid would be considered, but there are no guarantees that it would be enough to prise him away from West London.
From the player’s perspective, Gallagher is determined to stay at Stamford Bridge, especially as he is currently enjoying regular game time, boosting his hopes of sealing a starting place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2024.
An imminent exit may be off the cards, but Gallagher’s long-term future is still shrouded in uncertainty due to his contract situation.
The Englishman’s current deal is set to expire in June 2025, and there are no evident signs that a new deal is close to being agreed.
If a new contract fails to materialise in the next six months, Chelsea may decide to cash in at the end of the season.