Newcastle United make £40m-rated Conor Gallagher the ‘club’s no 1 transfer target’ as Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel refuses to rule out sale of the Engla

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. Newcastle United are eyeing a swoop for Chelsea’s Gallagher after he impressed on loan at Crystal Palace last seasonGetty 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. Gallagher’s fine form for Palace ensured he was rewarded with an England call upGetty Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admitted he is a fan of Gallagher but says he has his priceGetty Most read in Football transfers Man United hold Morata talks, Fofana personal terms 'agreed', De Jong update wow 'The worst possible teammate' - Man United star 'gets away with murder', talkSPORT told fury Ronaldo 'snubs' Man United fans despite McClaren pleas and 'knew bad start was coming' impossible Ten Hag told: 'A mix of Sir Alex, Pep and Klopp couldn't succeed at Man United' LIVE Brentford v Man United: Reaction as Ronaldo and Co. bottom of the league after mauling tragic Man United should tell Erik ten Hag to 'pack up' after Brentford 'shambles' “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. Chelsea’s pursuit of Frenkie de Jong could spell the end of Gallagher’s time at Stamford BridgeGetty 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 Betting Offers Of The Weekend ALL CUSTOMERS: Bet £5 via the talkSPORT EDGE app with Paddy Power and get a £5 free bet – available to all customers* – CLAIM HERE NEW CUSTOMERS: Bet £10 with Bet365, Get £50 in Free Bets* – CLAIM HERE Paddy Power All Customers: Place a £5 Sportsbook Bet through the talkSPORT EDGE app between the 1st and 31st August. Get a £5 free bet on the next Monday after your qualifying bet. T&C’s apply. 18+ Begambleaware.org Bet365: Open account offer. Bet £10 & Get £50 in Free Bets for new customers at bet365. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of qualifying bets. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply 18+ Begambleaware.org SEE ALL FREE BET OFFERS FOR NEW AND EXISTING CUSTOMERS HERE

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