Aston Villa are ready to approach Chelsea for out-of-favour striker Tammy Abraham with the Midlands club prepared to break their transfer record.
According to the Mirror, Aston Villa are prepared to make a club-record bid to bring Tammy Abraham back to Villa Park. The Midlands club are set to approach Chelsea with a possible offer for the out-of-favour striker as Dean Smith looks to bolster his attacking options.
Tammy Abraham’s future at Chelsea looked bright under Frank Lampard as the striker began cementing his position as the clubs premier No.9. His only viable competitor during his breakthrough season in 2019/20 was Olivier Giroud, but things haven’t been going that well for the Englishman over the past year.
Last summer, following Chelsea’s huge outlay in the transfer market, when they brought in Timo Werner and Kai Havertz as attacking reinforcements, Abraham seemingly kept his place upfront under Lampard and continued his good form. However, things changed after the Englishman was shown the door and Thomas Tuchel came in.
The new Chelsea boss straight away sidelined Abraham and preferred Havertz or Werner as his striker options, as well as Giroud at times. As things progressed, Abraham hardly featured and was even left out of matchday squads on numerous occasions, leading to speculations about his possible exit from the club.
Aston Villa’s interest in Abraham’s does not come as a surprise. The striker was, in fact, the key to their promotion two years back, when he played there on loan from Chelsea. Dean Smith remains a big fan of the forward and is reportedly ready to splash big transfer fees to acquire him again.
Chelsea are prepared to let him leave if the right offer comes in. Despite his out-of-favour status, the Chelsea board understand the value a player like Abraham holds in the market. Chelsea is also targeting Erling Haaland this summer, and it is expected that Abraham is shown the exit doors to make room for any arrivals.
Aston Villa are not necessarily the only side interested in Abraham. West Ham have also shown interest, while Newcastle were lining up a double raid for the striker and midfielder Billy Gilmour on loan. However, the fact that the Englishman played for Villa could make it easy for the striker to move, but if he wishes to remain in London, the Hammers could be favoured.
Abraham is young and has shown his suitors he has plenty to offer in goals and gameplay. It remains to be seen what price Chelsea will want for him, and by the looks of it, Villa’s reported £40 million offer could convince the Blues to make a sale.