How possible Newcastle United transfer impacted Chelsea’s controversial managerial decision

Chelsea midfielder Conor GallagherChelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher
Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher
Chelsea parted company with Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday despite a Premier League turnaround in recent months

Chelsea bosses considering selling Conor Gallagher this summer played a factor in Mauricio Pochettino’s shock exit, according to reports.

Rumours circulated all season linking the England international with a possible exit. Newcastle United are one of several Premier League clubs understood to be keeping tabs on the situation.

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Gallagher came close to leaving Stamford Bridge last summer - with West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur interested - before bizarrely being given the armband weeks later. The 24-year-old ultimately led a youthful Chelsea side through a difficult season before showing signs of improvement late on.

The Blues won their five games - and lost just one from the final 15 - to steal sixth spot. That could be enough to secure Europa League football providing Manchester City win the FA Cup this weekend.

Pochettino appeared to have turned a corner, with his team starting to gel following two years of lavish spending under Todd Boehly. However, the Argentine was given the bullet on Tuesday - a move that has divided opinion.

The Independent claim possible sales of Gallagher and Trevor Chalobah contributed towards his departure - with Pochettino wanting to keep both academy products. Selling players who emerged from the youth ranks has been a key transfer tactic for Chelsea to negate FFP/PSR restrictions.

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Just under £300million of talent has moved on over the past decade. Offloading academy stars registers as pure profit on the balance sheet and allows the club to greatly increase its spending power.

Newcastle and other potential suitors will now be on high alert regarding Gallagher. Chelsea reportedly want around £50million for a midfielder likely to make England’s final Euro 2024 squad.

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