Conor Gallagher's Chelsea exit latest as Spanish club emerges as 'most interested' club

Conor Gallagher
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Atletico Madrid have emerged as the leading candidate to sign Conor Gallagher from Chelsea this summer.

The 24-year-old has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge following the appointment of Enzo Maresca last month. Aston Villa and Tottenham are among those that have been credited with an interest for the midfielder, who is currently with England at Euro 2024.

Gallagher started all but one Premier League game under Mauricio Pochettino last season, captaining the side for the final 12 matches. He ended the campaign on five goals and nine assists in 37 top-flight appearances and was no doubt one of their most impressive players alongside Cole Palmer.

However, Gallagher could leave the Blues before the end of the summer window. Now, according to Fabrizio Romano, La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid are the 'most interested club' in the race for Gallagher. It's added that Atletico have made contact with Chelsea for Gallagher over a potential move.

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He is among those on their midfield shortlist as Diego Simeone tries to bolster that position. Any possible deal will not be easy as Gallagher is 'expensive' but Atletico's interest is 'genuine'. It's understood that Gallagher is valued at around £50m. He has one year left on his contract at the Blues.

Chelsea are blessed with a plethora of talented midfielders at the club. Alongside Gallagher, Enzo Fernandez, Moises Caicedo, Romeo Lavia, Carney Chukwuemeka, Cesare Casedei, Andrey Santos, Lesley Ugochukwu, Omari Kellyman and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall are the senior midfielders Maresca has at his disposal.

The arrival of Dewsbury-Hall for £30m last week could directly impact Gallagher's imminent future. Maresca is set to use the same system as he did at Leicester in 2023/24 with two more advanced midfielders needed and Dewsbury-Hall knows his approach inside out, having impressed under the Italian at the King Power Stadium.

If Gallagher does stay, he would likely compete for the No.8 berth on the right side of the midfield trio, with one sitting midfielder required. Lavia and Fernandez seem the obvious candidates for that role as Maresca prepares to start life as Chelsea head coach and take charge of his first game this month.