Chelsea's Conor Gallagher transfer stance revealed as Aston Villa push for summer move

Aston Villa transfer target Conor Gallagher in action at Villa Park in February.
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Chelsea are open to selling Aston Villa target Conor Gallagher this summer - but only if the London club receive an offer that matches their £50m valuation of the England midfielder.

According to football.london, selling the homegrown product would help Chelsea comply with the Premier League’s Profitability and Sustainability rules on player spending and that is why they are willing to let him go - if the money is right.

Villa, too, have PSR concerns, and Jacob Ramsey , a homegrown player of their own, could be sold as a result. But it seems Unai Emery and Co are confident they can recruit Gallagher and not fall foul of Financial Fair Play.

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The 24-year-old had an excellent campaign for the Blues under Mauricio Pochettino after making his breakthrough the season before while on loan at Crystal Palace. He missed just one match in the Premier League throughout 2023/24, and that was because of suspension.

However, according to our sister site football.london, Chelsea view him as expendable because of the financial situation. They add: “With just one year left to run on his contract, Chelsea are yet to open talks with Gallagher over extending his stay, leaving the door open for Villa and Tottenham to battle it out for the midfielder's signature.

“Spurs have a long-standing interest, while Villa are trying to strengthen their squad ahead of next season when they will be playing Champions League football.”

Indeed, Villa are understood to have been in contact with Gallagher's representatives already over a move to the Midlands.

According to The Athletic , Villa initiated "preliminary talks" with Chelsea and Gallagher's representatives, with the Londoners under pressure to make a big-money sale before the Premier League’s June 30 PSR accounting deadline.

As far as Gallagher is concerned, it seems he is keen to stay with his boyhood club and work with new boss Enzo Maresaca. He told Sky Sports after representing England in their friendly win over Bosnia and Herzegovina: “Myself and everyone at Chelsea are really excited to work with him. We want to get Chelsea back to where they belong, so with the new manager we can progress.”

And according to the latest betting, he remains favourite to still be at Stamford Bridge next season, with Sky Bet rating him a 6/4 chance to stay with Chelsea.

However, he is also rated a 7/4 chance to join Villa, with Spurs rated third at 2/1.

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