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Tottenham Hotspur in talks to seal ‘controversial’ £40m transfer from arch-rivals

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Tottenham Hotspur target Chelsea captain Conor Gallagher in the upcoming transfer window which might turn out to be controversial

According to Italian outlet Gianluca Dimarzio (h/t The Sun), Tottenham Hotspur is showing interest in signing Chelsea star Conor Gallagher, potentially causing a significant setback for the Blues.

The 23-year-old midfielder has notably progressed within Chelsea’s team and is now a regular in Mauricio Pochettino’s primary squad. Reports suggest ongoing discussions between the two clubs for a potential transfer valued at £40m, a development that could surprise Chelsea fans.

During his initial year in the Premier League, Tottenham’s manager Ange Postecoglou has faced significant injury concerns, particularly affecting his defensive line. However, as the 2024 season rapidly approaches, midfield issues are becoming a worry for Spurs. While the defence has coped with physical setbacks, concerns now revolve around the central midfield following a challenging summer.

Tottenham Hotspur target Chelsea captain Conor Gallagher in the upcoming transfer window which might turn out to be controversial.
Tottenham are interested in Conor Gallagher. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

James Maddison and Rodrigo Bentancur have sustained injuries, while Pape Matar Sarr and Yves Bissouma are unavailable as they will represent their countries in the upcoming African Cup of Nations. Moreover, there are ongoing discussions regarding the potential departure of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

Despite Mauricio Pochettino’s inclination towards retaining Gallagher, there appears to be a significant difference of opinion at the top level. Boehly and Eghbali are considering selling off the midfielder in January.

One primary reason behind this decision is that any funds generated would be considered a profit on Chelsea’s financial records, assisting in covering significant expenses from the previous year.

Tottenham Hotspur target Chelsea captain Conor Gallagher in the upcoming transfer window which might turn out to be controversial.
Conor Gallagher is a man in demand with Tottenham Hotspur keen. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Up to five experienced midfielders may be absent in January, leading to increased speculation surrounding Gallagher, particularly given Chelsea’s unexpected position on his future.

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Gallagher’s regular assignment of the captain’s armband under Mauricio Pochettino signifies his reliability and importance in the Chelsea midfield. His consistent performances have overshadowed signings like Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo, both secured for substantial sums exceeding £100 million.

The situation surrounding Gallagher’s future at the club remains uncertain, and it’s expected that developments will unfold in the coming days.

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