Former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson admits he would be ‘mind blown’ if the Premier League giants sold captain Conor Gallagher to bitter opponents Tottenham Hotspur.
It virtually wouldn’t be a desirable look.
The first participant to swap Chelsea for Spurs seeing that Carlo Cudicini 15 years ago, and no longer solely that however one of Conor Gallagher’s influence and importance. The midfielder is Chelsea’s captain, a homegrown, academy graduate, and – furthermore – one of their most steady performers during a tough debut season for Mauricio Pochettino at Stamford Bridge.
HITC Football understands that Tottenham Hotspur remain keen on the England international, however, with a late, deadline day move across the metropolis no longer yet out of the question.
Tottenham are huge Conor Gallagher fans
“It’s actually bonkers. I’d be thought blown if they let this happen. It can’t happen,” a baffled Johnson, who spent four years at Chelsea until 2007, tells Squawka.
“There’s no smoke besides fireplace so perhaps there have been talks in the past. They have been talking at the begin of the season if he was going to get any game time, if he used to be going to go out on loan, so perhaps it’s just continued from that.
“In phrases of how the season has worked out, he’s played a lot extra than human beings would have thought. And he’s performed well.
“I suppose they’d be loopy to get rid of him.”
‘Crazy’, maybe, however make no mistake, it would be a sale borne out of necessity as a substitute than desire. AsThe Sun point out, Chelsea ought to be compelled into promoting Gallagher due to the concern of practicable Financial Fair Play sanctions. Homegrown gamers like him characterize one hundred per cent ‘pure profit’, after all.
Gallagher, at a reported £50 million, additionally feels extra sellable and represents increased price for cash than either Trevoh Chalobah – the seldom-seen defender – or Armando Broja, the striker who has scored only three goals in view that the start of closing season amid serious injury issues.
HITC Football understands that Wolves failed with a loan bid for Broja formerly in the week. Chelsea will solely let the Slough-born Albania international go if an obligation-to-buy clause is covered in his contract.
Chelsea may additionally have to promote their captain
“I virtually like Gallagher,” Jamie O’Hara, a member of Spurs’ League Cup prevailing squad in 2008, tells talkSPORT (12 December, 9.40am).
“He’s bought superb energy, he receives around the pitch. He lacks a bit of what (James) Maddison has got, in terms of star quality, but he’s bought energy. And you’ve considered with Ange Postecoglou, he likes high energy.
“I would be surprised if Chelsea let him go. He’s been quite a big section of their side. Only him, Cole Palmer and Raheem Sterling have achieved any good!
“But if they desire to (sell), yeah, we will take him.”