Chelsea fans communicate their stance to owners with Conor Gallagher banner amid Tottenham transfer speculation

Chelsea fans made their feelings clear over a potential sale of Conor Gallagher this summer with a huge banner against Tottenham.

Gallagher could be sold by Chelsea this summer with one year left on his contract and no sign of any negotiations.

Tottenham are best poised to snap up the England international, who has come up through the Blues academy and has been priced at £50million.

But at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night, the home fans made sure that the board knew exactly what they felt about a potential sale – with Spurs in town.

A huge banner was carried across by the supporters of Gallagher, with the caption: “Chelsea since birth.”

The Blues no.23 played a key role in Chelsea’s opener, scored by Trevoh Chalobah, as he dinked a free-kick from the right before the defender brilliantly directed the header beyond Guglielmo Vicario.

Gallagher, who was born in Epsom, close to the club’s training ground in Cobham, has become a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge for his gutsy displays in midfield and constant work-rate.

Mauricio Pochettino has named him as stand-in captain with Reece James and Ben Chilwell injured and he was instrumental in their latest display.

Battling back from 2-0 down to Aston Villa, Chelsea earned a 2-2 draw with a goal from Gallagher, as well as an assist.

In total, the 24-year-old has six goals and eight assists in all competitions across 45 appearances.

Gallagher has been Chelsea’s de facto captain this season

Chelsea sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart are present at Stamford Bridge and would have no doubt seen the banner.

However, the club’s financial troubles might force them to the negotiation table anyway after splashing out over £1bn on players since Clearlake Capital took over.

It has meant that some players might have to leave to balance the books with academy stars being linked with departures as ‘pure profit’ sales.

That simply means that, because they did not cost a transfer fee, whatever price they are sold for, the entire fee goes into the bank.

It is one of the reasons why Lewis Hall and Ian Maatsen were allowed to leave, albeit both on loan to Newcastle and Borussia Dortmund respectively.

Hall will sign for Newcastle in the summer for a fee of £35m while Dortmund have already indicated that they are very happy with Maatsen, who can sign for the same fee.

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