It looks as if Aston Villa have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham this summer.
According to sources from ESPN, the Blues are willing to offload the 23-year-old in the upcoming transfer window. Villa, Newcastle and West Ham are all credited with an interest, with the report suggesting that a return to Villa Park could appeal to the striker.
A £40m fee had been touted, but there is confidence from the interested clubs that a deal can be struck below that figure. Abraham will have two years left on his Stamford Bridge deal in the summer and it seems as if Thomas Tuchel is happy to let him go on a permanent basis.
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Villa are thought to be after a striker this summer to challenge Ollie Watkins, so bringing in Abraham could be a shrewd piece of business. He knows the club well following his 26-goal season on loan in the Midlands and, should he sign, it could give Dean Smith the option to play two out-and-out centre-forwards.
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Abraham’s power and presence could ideally complement Watkins’ work-rate and speed, and it seems as if Villa may well look to bring him back to the club over the coming months.
Even if Smith sticks with one striker, having Abraham to rival Watkins may well be crucial. That’s because Wesley Moraes has only recently returned to action after more than a year out injured and reports have suggested that Smith wasn’t convinced on the Brazilian prior to his serious injury and the club would look to move him on this summer.
Should that be the case, bringing in another striker could be pivotal.
In other news: Villa plotting huge bid for Premier League winger, find out who it is here.
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