Conor Gallagher’s contract situation is one of the biggest questions facing the club in the next month, and maybe the next six months — and maybe beyond thanks to the overall, greater implications it may have about the club’s identity, culture, modus operandi.
Chelsea reportedly had been quite willing to let him go in the summer — the Telegraph’s Matt Law reminded us the other day that Gallagher’s name was “circulated” among other Premier League clubs — and the likes of Tottenham (and Everton and Newcastle) were all linked with potential bids, with Spurs supposedly coming closest to our £50m asking price.
The situation now isn’t nearly as drastic — as least not according to Matt Law himself, speaking this time on the great friends of the blog London Is Blue Podcast — but even if Gallagher’s name isn’t being actively shopped at the minute, rumors of our willingness to listen to potential offers aren’t going away. Quite the opposite in fact.
Sky Sports, for example, made a fresh claim yesterday that Spurs are once again (still) monitoring the situation, and while midfield isn’t highest on their priority list at the moment, they are certainly keeping an eye on things.
Speculation like that will only be stopped if Gallagher does in fact sign a new contract. He wants to. Pochettino wants the club to. But we’re not seeing any wants of the right kind from the club yet.