Postecoglou has real chance to irritate Pochettino as report gives Spurs
Under Mauricio Pochettino, the Blues are still not improving, and in 2024, we might see further signings.
However, that would necessitate some sales, and Chelsea might make an unpopular deal in January.
Chelsea considering Conor Gallagher sale
According to The Mirror, Chelsea will now consider offers for Conor Gallagher, a midfield player, even though doing so could enrage manager Jorge Pochettino.
Under Pochettino, Gallagher has made frequent appearances and started 17 Premier League games this season.
The 23-year-old has even led Chelsea to multiple victories when Reece James was sidelined due to repeated injuries.
The issue is that Gallagher is a very alluring sale and Chelsea has to raise money.
Gallagher is a product of the Chelsea academy, and in rules of Financial Fair Play, a transfer fee would be considered 100% profit.
Gallagher’s contract is about to expire, and Chelsea will consider any offers, which might irritate Pochettino.
Tottenham Hotspur move could rely on Hojbjerg departure
According to the article, Tottenham Hotspur, who had expressed interest in Gallagher throughout the summer, may make a fresh attempt to sign him.
On the day of the transfer deadline, sources claim that Spurs made a £40 million approach for Gallagher, but no agreement was reached.
Tottenham has continued to be interested in signing Gallagher, and Spurs may make another bid as a result of Chelsea’s attitude.
But it looks like Spurs will have to let go of a midfield player first, and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is the clear favorite.
The Dane, whose contract allows him to depart in 2025, has fallen out of favor this season and is in a similar scenario to Gallagher.
In January, Spurs are unlikely to throw £40 million or more at Chelsea without first collecting money, and Hojbjerg might be the key to making a deal happen.
We continue to believe that Gallagher’s sale by Chelsea—especially to Spurs—will be a bit hesitant.
Selling a homegrown player who has been wearing the armband to Tottenham, a rival team in London, would be a bad move from an image standpoint.
Gallagher would have been a tough sale for Pochettino to make anyhow, but the former Spurs manager would be more hurt by losing him to Tottenham.
However, money talks, and Tottenham may take advantage of Chelsea’s Financial Fair Play predicament in January. This would present Ange Postecoglou with a fantastic opportunity to irritate a previous Spurs manager.