Tottenham transfer speculation, the case for signing Conor Gallagher

Conor Gallagher has been a regular stand-in captain in the absence of Reece James and Ben Chilwell this season for London rivals Chelsea.
Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea FC - Premier League
Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea FC - Premier League / Ryan Pierse/GettyImages

Gallagher's high work-rate and tenacity would very much suit Ange Postecoglou's style of play. Spurs have had issues in midfield for long periods of the season due to injuries and inconsistency, and by adding Gallagher, Tottenham could bolster their options.

There is also Chelsea's recurring PSR issues that will force them to sell players this summer. As an academy-trained player, Gallagher's sale would be pure profit and help the West London club balance the books.

Gallagher can cover both the double pivot position and the number ten role, giving Spurs some useful versatility. Once again, Gallagher is a homegrown player and would help Spurs to fill their quota in that regard.

Whether Daniel Levy is willing to do business with Chelsea is another thing, but it is worth pointing out that Chelsea's entire ownership is different to the one that Levy has had issues with in the past.

The price could be something that prevents this deal happening, although due to PSR desperation Chelsea could theoretically sell for less than what they value the English midfielder at.

The one other potential stumbling block is the player himself. Gallagher has been at Chelsea since he was eight years old - sixteen years ago - and may not want to join a London rival just for the sake of being a victim of books balancing.

Given his attributes, Gallagher would likely be a strong signing for Spurs. At the same time, the various obstacles to the move may keep fans skeptical about the likelihood of it actually happening.