Tottenham remain keen on Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher but patience will be required 

Tottenham Hotspur’s pursuit of Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher remains on hold as the player focuses on England’s European Championship campaign.

According to The Athletic, any potential transfer will likely have to wait until after the tournament wraps up.

Spurs have been admiring the 24-year-old for some time. Tottenham considered a move for the Chelsea star last summer, but it never came to fruition. He remains on the club’s radar.

Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou is a known admirer of the tenacious midfielder, and Spurs were initially considered frontrunners to secure his signature.

However, with Euro 2024 ongoing and England into the semi-final, Spurs will not be able to get a deal over the line anytime soon.

Gallagher had an impressive season, notching five goals and seven assists (11 big chances created) in 36 Premier League appearances.

The Blues are eager to sell to balance their books amid fears they could breach profitability and sustainability rules (PSR). They will demand £50 million to let go of the Cobham Academy graduate.

Contract talks between the player and Chelsea have stalled, and many clubs, home and abroad, are circling.

Tottenham face competition from Aston Villa and Atletico Madrid for his signature. Newcastle United have also been credited with passive interest.

Tottenham need a midfielder with a different profile

Signing a top midfielder like Gallagher is an exciting proposition and opportunity in the market. He is a steal if Spurs can get Chelsea to lower their asking price.

However, Spurs need to target a midfielder with a different profile. Tottenham need an anchor/holding midfielder who can usurp the injury-prone Yves Bissouma.

Postecoglou’s football is crying out for a defensive midfielder to break up opposition attacks and help defend transitions better.

The team will improve defensively with a player to sit and screen the backline, protecting the defence. Gallagher is more box-to-box and doesn’t fit the bill.