Chelsea Premier League rivals swoop for Conor Gallagher 24 hours after Enzo Maresca appointment

Conor Gallagher of Chelsea
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Chelsea have reportedly held talks with Aston Villa over the future of Conor Gallagher.

The future of the Blues midfielder has been the subject of intense speculation in recent months. Gallagher played a key role for Chelsea under former manager Mauricio Pochettino where he played in all but one Premier League fixture this season.

Despite Gallagher being a regular figure in the Chelsea starting line-up, it hasn't stopped the rumours that he could leave Stamford Bridge.

Now a fresh update has emerged which could suggest his time with the Blues may be coming to an end.

According to The Athletic, Villa have held "preliminary talks" with Chelsea over the potential signing of Gallagher this summer.

The report states that Villa have made contact with Gallagher's representatives as they look to sign the midfielder ahead of their first season back in the Champions League next term.

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No potential fee has been mentioned in the report for Gallagher should a deal be agreed. However, it has been stated that Gallagher entering the final year of his Chelsea contract has seen the Blues star be considered a primary target for Villa this summer.

Chelsea have a new manager at the helm after Enzo Maresca was appointed on Monday as Pochettino's replacement. Maresca left Leicester City after just one season with the Foxes, during which time he guided the club to promotion to the Premier League and the Championship title.

It remains to be seen if Maresca will have Gallagher at his disposal when he takes charge of pre-season training next month. Chelsea will travel to the United States in July for a pre-season campaign that includes friendly fixtures against Celtic, Wrexham, Club America, Real Madrid and Manchester City.