Spurs would be prepared to pay around £50m for Premier League star – Journalist

Ben Jacobs has said that Tottenham Hotspur would be willing to spend around £45m to £50m on Conor Gallagher next summer, with the Chelsea star still alleged to be the North London club’s top target.

Even though Gallagher himself has admitted that he is happy under Mauricio Pochettino at Chelsea and wants to remain at his boyhood club (Sky Sports), the speculation linking with a move to Spurs shows no sign of dissipating as the midfielder approaches the final year of his contract.

In fact, Football Insider asserted a couple of days ago that Tottenham retain a concrete interest in the 23-year-old as they are aware that Chelsea need to offload some players in the summer to ensure they do not fall foul of the Premier League’s financial regulations.

The outlet asserted that the West London side must take ’emergency action’ in the summer to avoid a points deduction catastrophe, which is why Spurs, Newcastle and West Ham are continuing to circle the England international.

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Tottenham are willing to go big on Conor Gallagher

There have been some suggestions over recent weeks that Tottenham have identified Everton’s James Garner as an alternative to Gallagher (TEAMtalk) but Jacobs believes that the Blues star remains the top target for Ange Postecoglou’s men.

When asked about Spurs’ interest in Garner, the journalist told GiveMeSport: “Tottenham appreciate the player, but there’s nothing advanced at this stage. Conor Gallagher is perhaps the more likely target. I also think that if Gallagher doesn’t sign a new Chelsea deal, and nothing is advanced, the package that Tottenham may be able to offer will be a little bit less.

“I’m sure that Chelsea will point towards Mason Mount and say, he had a year left on his contract, and was a £60m total package to Manchester United, and Gallagher is in better form.

“So they may hold out for that £55m to £60m valuation. But I think that Tottenham feel that by the time the summer comes, if Gallagher has not signed a new deal, he may be available for close to £45m to £50m.

“Whereas last summer, they thought that that was £5m or £10m too much. This coming summer, they may believe that’s pretty decent value given Gallagher’s form.”

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It is quite interesting to hear Jacobs say that Tottenham did not want to pay £50m for Gallagher last summer but would be prepared to pay that fee at the end of this season, even though the player might have just one year left on his deal.

It is clear that Ange Postecoglou is a big fan of the Chelsea star but I do wonder if Spurs’ acquisition of Lucas Bergvall will perhaps cause the Australian to change his mind on the Gallagher pursuit.

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