Newcastle now leading Brighton and Tottenham in a race to sign Chelsea potential star midfielder

Chelsea is set to reopen discussions with Conor Gallagher regarding his future later this year. Newcastle, West Ham, Brighton, and Tottenham are keeping a close watch on a potential move in 2024, as per information from TEAMtalk.

The club had been open to selling Gallagher during the summer, and uncertainty still surrounds whether he will stay, given that his current contract is set to expire in 2025. Despite having played a full 90 minutes in Chelsea’s last four Premier League games and captaining the team in four of them, including the recent London derby with Arsenal, Gallagher’s long-term future at the club remains uncertain. This situation needs clarification as we approach the new year.

Gallagher’s personal stance is reportedly stronger than ever; he has an emotional attachment to Chelsea, feels deeply connected to the club’s vision, and wants to remain with them. Mauricio Pochettino has leaned on Gallagher when the club needed character and identity, and he’s been pleased with the qualities the player has displayed at a time when Chelsea is improving its form.

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However, while Pochettino may have a greater say in transfers going forward, club officials still need to see value in Gallagher, which means either securing a new contract or a potential sale.

Tottenham has shown interest in Gallagher, but the player’s close family ties to Chelsea would make a move across London challenging to envision. Meanwhile, Newcastle, West Ham, and Brighton are also monitoring his situation and considering plans for the midfield in 2024.

Chelsea is aware of Tottenham’s interest in the 23-year-old and is eager to sit down with Gallagher to discuss his future in light of this interest. Tottenham had attempted to sign him during the summer with a £40 million bid, but Gallagher chose to remain at Stamford Bridge and compete for a place under Mauricio Pochettino. West Ham had also been linked with a move for Gallagher in London during the summer, but they were unable to acquire the sought-after midfielder. If Gallagher agrees to new terms with Chelsea, a move elsewhere would be even more challenging.

Gallagher’s current contract runs until 2025, and he has been with Chelsea since his academy days. He broke into the first team properly last season after several seasons on loan, following an impressive spell with Crystal Palace.

There have been reports suggesting that Graham Potter could target former Chelsea players, including Gallagher, if he takes over at Manchester United. However, Pochettino has been impressed by Gallagher’s resolve, attitude, and performance this season, and the club sources believe he would like to keep him in the setup, even as their star players return to action.

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