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Todd Boehly has Mason Mount concern as Chelsea owner left sweating over transfer deal | Football | Sport

Chelsea chief Todd Boehly will fear history repeating itself as the future one of his prize assets remains the subject of intense speculation. With less than 24 hours left in the transfer window, midfielder Conor Gallagher could still leave the club before the January window closes following tonight’s game for the Blues at Liverpool.

Gallagher has been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham ever since Ange Postecoglou came up short with an approach last summer. The 23-year-old, who has captained the club this season in the absence of Reece James, is an academy product at Chelsea meaning any sale would boost the club’s efforts to remain within Financial Fair Play restrictions.

But according to reports, the club are still keen to keep hold of the England international and have been dealt a body blow with him turning down a new deal. His contract is set to expire in the summer of 2025, meaning Boehly could be forced into sanctioning a sale this year rather than lose the midfielder for free in 18 months’ time.

That would mean Chelsea almost inevitably replacing a repeat of the Mason Mount situation. The 25-year-old, who also came through the ranks in west London, left for one of the club’s main rivals in the summer as he joined Manchester United for £55million.

He wasn’t the only player to switch to a competitor. Mateo Kovacic joined Manchester City for £25million while fellow Champions League winner Kai Havertz was sold to Arsenal for a £57million fee.

To see Gallagher move across the capital to another side perceived to be a threat to the Blues would prove equally galling. Furthermore, it is likely other top sides in England will make enquiries if it becomes clear the youngster is available for transfer.

After signing his first professional contract at Chelsea in 2019, Gallagher has had to be patient before nailing down a regular place in the starting XI. He had loan spells with Charlton, Swansea, West Brom and Crystal Palace before breaking in under Graham Potter in the 2022/23 campaign.

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