Newcastle United are weighing up a swoop for Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher with just under three weeks left of the transfer window.
The Magpies still have their sights on signing Leicester City midfielder James Maddison but the Foxes are hell-bent on holding on to their prized asset and have no plans to sell.
According to The Sun, Newcastle will now step up their efforts to sign Gallagher despite Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admitting he is a ‘huge fan’ of the star.
But, the German coach admitted every player has his price, the Gallagher thought to be rated at £40million, whilst accepting the daunting challenge he faces to hold down a place in he Blues’ starting eleven.
The Chelsea head coach said: “In general, nobody is for sale, and everybody is for sale.
“It depends on what the player wants, how bad the player wants it, what we think, who is ready to pay a certain amount of money.
“Then maybe everybody is for sale.”
Tuchel continued: “Conor fights in central midfield. To be very honest, it’s a tough fight for him because at the moment, as it seems, we only have two places in central midfield, which is a bit unfair given the number of players we have for central midfield.
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“I’m a huge fan of Conor. He is first of all a fantastic guy.
“On top he has huge competition with N’Golo [Kante], Jorgi [Jorginho] and Kova [Mateo Kovacic], who are used to playing with each other.”
Gallagher was in superb form on-loan at Crystal Palace last season earning him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad but Eagles boss Patrick Vieira was unable to secure the 22-year-old for a further 12 months.
Competition for places could become even more fierce for Gallagher if Chelsea’s pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
The Blues are still in the mix to sign the 25-year-old despite interest from Manchester United.
De Jong’s preference is to remain at the Nou camp but the Catalan Giants could opt to ship the Dutchman out with the club needing to raise funds to balance the books.
Should the former Ajax man move on from Barcelona this summer, he is believed to favour a move to Stamford Bridge over Old Trafford
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