Tottenham Hotspur are considering another high-profile transfer, building on the signings of Timo Werner and Radu Dragusin in the current transfer window.
Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher reportedly remains the top priority for the North London outfit, with Spurs chasing the sought-after English midfielder since the summer.
Renowned Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano suggests that Spurs need to prepare a ‘very big package’ to secure the signing of the 23-year-old central midfielder.
There are numerous admirers of Gallagher at Hotspur Way, including head coach Ange Postecoglou. Tottenham even attempted to secure the player’s signature on the deadline day in August, but the deal ultimately did not happen.
However, the Lilywhites haven’t abandoned their pursuit of the Cobham academy graduate. Romano advised them to present a substantial offer to Chelsea for a successful negotiation.
“At the moment, the situation is very quiet. Gallagher is an important player for Pochettino. So, I think the only way [for Tottenham to sign him] is to put a significant amount of money on the table, not €30m or €40m, as we’ve seen from the rumours in recent weeks. It has to be a very, very big package.
“At the moment, we are not at that level of negotiation. The situation is still quiet. The appreciation is still there, but the situation is still quiet.”
The England international is in the last 18 months of his Chelsea contract. The Blues have set an asking price of approximately £50 million for the midfielder.
Despite Pochettino’s desire to keep Gallagher and build the team around him, there’s a possibility that Chelsea may consider selling the academy star to comply with Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, as academy players represent a pure profit margin.
To capitalise on this opportunity, Spurs will need to meet the substantial fee demand set by the West London club.
However, given the hefty price tag, Pochettino’s unwillingness to part with him, and the player reportedly not keen on leaving until the end of the season, securing Gallagher will be challenging for Spurs. Not impossible, but difficult.