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Everton: Conor Gallagher move close to collapse

Everton: Conor Gallagher move close to collapse - Everton News

Everton‘s move for Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher is close to being off, according to Sky Sports reporter Florian Plettenberg.

The Lowdown: Gallagher targeted

Everton made a £45m bid for Gallagher on Monday after receiving the same amount for the sale of Anthony Gordon to Newcastle United, although it was also noted that the player had no interest in moving to Goodison Park.

The 22-year-old is the subject of interest from elsewhere, with Newcastle United and Crystal Palace named as potential suitors, however a more recent update indicates that he could be set to remain in west London…

The Latest: Deal off?

According to Sky Germany’s Plettenberg, the midfielder does not want to join Everton, and so the move is very close to being off, with Chelsea instead preferring to sell Jorginho.

Given that the Italian has now agreed a move to Arsenal, the Toffees have been dealt a real blow in their pursuit of Gallagher, and they will seemingly now have to focus on other targets.

“X News #Jorginho: Been told that he is close to join Arsenal because #Gallagher won’t join Everton. The deal with Gallagher is close to be off. Chelsea wants to sell Jorginho instead of Gallagher.”

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The Verdict: Blow for Dyche

Sean Dyche has been dealt a real blow with the news that the Englishman is very unlikely to join, given the vast talent that he possesses, and the numerous different qualities that he would have to offer the Everton midfield.

Hailed as a ‘monster’ and ‘irreplaceable’ by journalist Tom Dutton, the maestro is always looking to make things happen in the final third, as indicated by an average of 2.29 touches in the attacking penalty area per 90 over the past year, an amount that places him in the 87th percentile compared to other midfielders.

An average of 1.27 dribbles completed per 90 in the same timeframe ranks the former Palace loanee in the 86th percentile, displaying his desire to drive his team up the pitch into more attacking areas.

While it will be disappointing to miss out on Gallagher, Everton’s priority should be bringing in an attacker, given that they scored the joint-second fewest of any Premier League side this season, and deals could still be done for Kamaldeen Sulemana and Sheraldo Becker.

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