How much will Chelsea have to pay for Gallagher replacement Olmo?

Tom Weber
Tom Weber
  • Updated: 27 Mar 2024 17:19 GMT
  • 4 min read
Dani Olmo, Chelsea

Chelsea will have to pay €60 million to land summer target Dani Olmo.

FootballTransfers exclusively revealed on Tuesday that the Blues have opened talks with RB Leipzig over the Spaniard. Olmo is seen as a potential replacement for Conor Gallagher, who faces an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge.

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Though there is certainly an argument to be made that selling Gallagher would be foolish - unless Mauricio Pochettino gets sacked - it seems that Todd Boehly and company have not learned from their previous mistakes and are willing to sacrifice another academy graduate to the Mammon of pure profit to fund more big-money deals.

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Olmo is undoubtedly a brilliant player, though he has been severely hamstrung by injury this term, playing just 19 fixtures for RB Leipzig so far. With Chelsea's interest in the 25-year-old established, it begs the question: how much will they have to pay for him?

Dani Olmo
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How much will Olmo cost?

A positive for Chelsea is the fact that Olmo has a release clause in his contract. This means that the Blues won't have to negotiate with RB Leipzig over a transfer fee. The bad news is that, well, the Spaniard won't come cheap.

Olmo's summer release clause stands at a whopping €60 million, which means that the west London side will have to match the fee they splashed out on Leipzig's Christopher Nkunku in the summer. Unless Leipzig show themselves willing to negotiate and settle for a lower fee, signing Olmo will be a pricey affair.

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The 25-year-old extended his RB Leipzig deal in the summer until 2027 with the expectation that he would become the club's undisputed creative force in the wake of the departures of Nkunku and Dominik Szoboszlai. As mentioned, however, injury issues have restricted him to just 19 appearances, notching seven goals and four assists and also scoring an absolutely brilliant goal for Spain against Brazil on Tuesday.

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