Pochettino’s Chelsea exit paves way for Tottenham to sign £50m-rated homegrown star

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has left his role as Chelsea manager in a move that bodes well for Spurs’ summer plans.

The North Londoners are long-term admirers of Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher and are hoping to lure him across the capital this summer.

Gallager was a mainstay in Pochettino’s squad in the 2023/24 campaign, featuring 50 times across all competitions while contributing seven goals and nine assists.

Pochettino is understood to be a huge fan of the England international, who was an ever-present figure in his team sheet and a key component of his brand of football.

Pochettino utilised Gallagher in a number of roles in the middle of the park and occasionally shifted him to left-wing when Chelsea were hit with injury problems.

The 24-year-old also captained the Blues for much of the campaign with Reece James on the sidelines, emphasising Pochettino’s trust in his ability to lead the group.

The departure of the Argentine manager now paves the way for Spurs to act on their interest, with Chelsea still open to selling Gallagher this summer.

The north Londoners are preparing for a busy transfer window that would see a massive clear-out, with Ange Postecoglou keen to prune his bloated squad.

Despite a season marked by challenges, Postecoglou’s debut season at Tottenham can be viewed as a success after securing a Europa League spot with a fifth-place finish. 

However, ambitions at Spurs are far loftier. They are aiming to challenge for trophies next term and are keen to add fresh faces across all positions.

Gallagher is at the top of their wishlist, but Chelsea have slapped a £50 million asking price on their academy graduate. 

Spurs are hoping to negotiate a lesser fee, considering the Englishman is approaching the final 12 months of his contract.

Negotiating with a rival club can be tricky, but Gallagher would be an exceptional signing for Spurs if they can pull off a deal. 

His energy, fitness levels, and creativity would be an asset for Postecoglou’s side as they aim to compete for major honours.

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