Tottenham Hotspur have been in pursuit of the star midfielder Conor Gallagher since last summer, and it looks like they may have to keep waiting.
The North London outfit has had a decent January window, with the signings of Timo Werner and Radu Dragusin secured early on.
However, they have missed out on Club Brugge’s star talent, Antonio Nusa with Brentford making a successful attempt to hijack the deal.
Tottenham expert Alasdair Gold has now shared the latest update on the transfer situation, stating that it is improbable for Spurs to secure the services of Conor Gallagher this month.
Gallagher has less than 18 months left on his contract, fuelling speculation, especially since there’s been no news about a contract extension.
He has been a crucial part of Mauricio Pochettino’s side. And Despite Chelsea’s willingness to entertain offers for Gallagher at the right price, it is suggested that the manager views the midfielder as a crucial part of the team’s structure and envisions building the team around him.
With Chelsea’s captain, Reece James, sidelined due to a hamstring injury, the manager even gave Gallagher the responsibility of the armband, leading the side in 12 league games this season.
Gallagher’s playing style and leadership qualities have impressed Ange Postecoglou, generating keen interest in the Cobham Academy graduate.
However, journalist Alasdair Gold suggests in his latest YouTube video that the deal may not materialise for Tottenham this January.
Discussing the transfer of Gallagher, he said:
“Right now, it’s looking unlikely. Let’s be honest, 23-year-old – he’s captaining Chelsea in every game at the moment, he’s playing almost every minute in every game for Chelsea right now.
“He wants to stay, Pochettino wants him to stay at Chelsea and sees him as a key part of the future at Chelsea.
“But yet, there’s still this suggestion that because of the Financial Fair Play stuff, Chelsea would accept the right price for him.
“I would stress, that the right price sounds like it’s very high. It doesn’t sound like the kind of value deal that Spurs would probably normally go for, especially as the fact he’s only got 18 months left in his contract.”
Reports have suggested that Gallagher is keen on remaining with Chelsea until the end of the season, expressing a preference not to depart midway through the campaign.
This along with the high price-tag makes it very unlikely a move will be made this window. A summer move is possible, but Spurs may not be willing to spend a big amount for a player in the last year of his contract.
It remains to be seen whether Chelsea show any flexibility in their valuation of the player come summer.