Aston Villa are in advanced talks with Chelsea over a club-record deal for Tammy Abraham, according to journalist Rudy Galetti.
The Lowdown: Links have been building
The rumours linking Abraham with a return to Villa Park have been building in recent months.
Villa were thought to be admirers of the forward back in March, and stories in April suggested that the Blues were ready to offload Abraham this summer.
The Mirror claimed last week that Villa were willing to spend up to £40m on the 23-year-old, and one reporter believes talks are now progressing over a Midlands return.
The Latest: Galetti’s claim
Italian reporter Galetti posted on Twitter late on Wednesday evening, suggesting discussions are at an advanced stage.
He claimed that Villa are preparing an offer close to €45m, which converts to about £38.7m.
“Chelsea – Aston Villa: advanced talks for Tammy Abraham. The Villans are preparing an offer close to €45M: the England striker could leave Chelsea soon.”
Should a deal go through at that price, Abraham would become the club’s most expensive signing of all time, breaking the record recently set following Emiliano Buendia’s £34.56m move earlier this summer.
Where will Villa finish this season?
The Verdict: Ambitious
Should Galetti’s claim prove accurate, it just goes to show Villa’s ambition.
Abraham may well rival Ollie Watkins for a starting spot up front, with the likes of Jack Grealish, Buendia and possibly even target Emile Smith Rowe behind in a 4-2-3-1 system.
Smith didn’t play two in attack at any point last season, so you’d expect he’d have the attacking depth required to push on again next season if he gets his man in Abraham.
He already has 26 Villa goals to his name following his loan spell in the Midlands and could prove to be a shrewd signing, even at a record-breaking price.
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