Chelsea use Man United blueprint in Conor Gallagher transfer stance amid Aston Villa interest

Conor Gallagher of Chelsea following the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.
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Chelsea could cash in on academy graduate Conor Gallagher this summer with Aston Villa and Tottenham among the clubs interested.

The midfielder was a regular starter for Chelsea in the season just gone under Mauricio Pochettino, often wearing the captain’s armband. But there has been a lot of talk over his future, with the midfielder one player who could be cashed in on to help the club comply with the Premier League’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSRs), due to any fee going down as pure profit.

Aston Villa, who qualified for the Champions League with a fourth-placed finish, are the most heavily linked. Reports suggest that they have entered negotiations with Chelsea over the player.

This is however disputed by journalist Fabrizio Romano who claims that ‘no negotiations’ have taken place. He also adds that Chelsea are looking for a fee over £50 million for Galagher this summer.

The club are said to be using last summer’s sale of Mason Mount to Manchester United as a blueprint for Gallagher’s value. United paid a fee of £55 million to Chelsea for Mount.

The 25-year-old has struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford in his first season. His campaign was disrupted by injuries, meaning he made just 14 Premier League appearances.

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Mount was highly rated at Chelsea, having made a breakthrough from the academy into the first team, similar to Gallagher. But Sky Sports claim that the Blues consider Gallagher as a ‘better all-round player’ than Mount, meaning that they won’t let him go for less than £50 million.

If Villa, who may have their own PSR issues to worry about, or Tottenham, are willing to pay that fee, like United did with Mount, is still to be seen. Spanish giants Atletico Madrid are also said to be interested in a potential move that could help drive the price up.