Chelsea are said to be interested in bringing Brentford striker Ivan Toney to the club in January, but they might have to sell midfielder Conor Gallagher in order to do so, according to reports. Meanwhile, Arsenal’s interest in Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi “remains strong”, and Kalvin Phillips has made it clear to Manchester City that he is “ready to leave in January”..
The sale could allow them to pursue a move for Brentford striker Toney, who scored 20 league goals last season and returns next month after serving a ban for breaching betting rules.
An article in The Sun reads: “Chelsea will demand £50million for Conor Gallagher in January, according to reports.
“Chelsea are willing to sell him next month in a bid to balance the books and comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.
“And according to ESPN, they want £50m for the midfielder.
“Newcastle, Tottenham and West Ham have all been linked with a move for Gallagher.
“The Hammers, Spurs and Everton all failed to sign him with bids of around £40m this summer.
“But a slightly higher offer next month could persuade Chelsea to green-light a sale.
“The Blues are determined to sign a new striker in January, with Ivan Toney understood to be on Mauricio Pochettino’s transfer wishlist.
“However, they will need to raise funds by selling players first – and offloading Gallagher would come with the most efficient financial benefits because he is a home-grown player.
“Brentford want up to £80m for Toney, with Arsenal also interested.”