Chelsea turned down a £40m deadline-day bid from Premier League rivals Tottenham for Conor Gallagher, according to reports.
Spurs spent £45m on Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson on deadline day as Ange Postecoglou looked to improve his attack before the end of the transfer window.
Gallagher was the subject of interest from a number of clubs throughout the summer with Tottenham, West Ham, Newcastle United and Everton the main clubs reportedly showing interest.
The England international has started all four of Chelsea’s Premier League matches so far this campaign with Mauricio Pochettino seeing him as key to his plans this season.
And Football Insider have claimed that Tottenham ‘had a £40million deadline-day offer’ for Gallagher ‘rejected’ by Chelsea after they ‘held extensive talks with their London rivals over a potential deal’.
Despite the lengthy negotiations, a deal ‘could not be agreed’ between the two clubs with Gallagher keeping his place in Pochettino’s side.
Many thought the signings of Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia would pave the way for Gallagher’s Stamford Bridge farewell but Pochettino has chosen to pair the Englishman with Caicedo in central midfield, pushing Enzo Fernandez further forward.
Tottenham, who beat Burnley 5-2 at the weekend, have had a good start to their new era under Postecoglou and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has been impressed by the “exciting football” on show in north London this season.
Former Manchester United defender Neville said on his Sky Sports podcast: “When we went to Tottenham a couple of weeks ago, it was a Saturday night and they were playing Man Utd. I said then that they would have a lot of fun this season with the way in which Ange Postecoglou plays.
“It really fits with the way Tottenham fans see the vision for their club, and how they see Tottenham playing over the years. The only small negative, but it’s actually quite big but people were focusing on other things was when they went out of the Carabao Cup in midweek.
“That’s one of the two trophies they could probably win. If you’re going to turn around the fortunes of the club and win silverware, that’s one of the two you really need to pay attention to.
“That’s the negative, but in the league they’ve been really good. They’re playing exciting football which Spurs fans believe in.”
Tottenham host Sheffield United after the international break, while Chelsea travel to the Vitality Stadium to face Bournemouth.
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