Tottenham target £50m Chelsea star as replacement for Atletico-linked midfielder

Will Ford
Chilwell Gallagher Chelsea

Tottenham ‘have Conor Gallagher in their sights’ as a possible replacement for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who looks to be on his way this summer.

Spurs completed their fourth signing of the Ange Postecoglou era on Tuesday as Manor Solomon joined on a free transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk, following James Maddison and Guglielmo Vicario to the club this summer, while Dejan Kulusevski’s loan move from Juventus was made permanent.

But they may soon need reinforcements in midfield as Hojbjerg – who has been a key part of the Tottenham midfield for the last three seasons – is being targeted by Atletico Madrid and clubs in Germany, with Spurs willing to listen to offers.

And The Telegraph claim Gallagher is high up on Spurs’ list of possible replacements.

Postecoglou will have Oliver Skipp and Pape Matar Sarr competing for a spot in midfield, along with perhaps Tanguy Ndombele, who’s returning from his Napoli loan, while they will have to wait for Rodrigo Bentancur to recover from a serious knee injury.

It’s claimed Spurs value the ‘box-to-box energy’ of Gallagher, but so does Chelsea boss Mauricio  Pochettino, who will have the final say as to whether the England international should be sold this summer.

The report tips Gallagher – a 23-year-old homegrown player who’s got two years left on his current deal – to be valued by Chelsea at around the £50m.

Chelsea have already sold most of their midfielders, with Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all leaving the club this summer, while Jorginho left for Arsenal in January.

Gallagher ended up playing a reasonably significant role for Chelsea last season having returned to the club after a successful loan spell at Crystal Palace in 2021/22. He made 35 Premier League appearances for the Blues, with over half of those as starts.

Postecoglou spoke of the need to change his squad when he took his first press conference last week.

“In terms of the squad I think it’s fair to say the reason I’m here is because the club are seeking change,” he said.

“That usually means a change in personnel. I have to work with the certainties I have and tick off the uncertainties one by one.”

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