Aston Villa hope to tie up deal for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham

Arsenal are heading the queue of clubs looking to sign Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham this summer, according to The Sun.

Aston Villa are hoping to tie up a deal for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, according to The Telegraph.

The 23-year-old is the Midlands club’s preferred option as a centre-forward, but the Blues will only allow him to leave this summer for £40 million.

Villa manager Dean Smith wants to strengthen his attack for the new campaign, with Jack Grealish expected to leave for Manchester City in a Premier League record move.

Abraham is not in the plans of manager Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge, and a return to Villa Park could appeal to him.

The England international helped the Villans to top-flight promotion at the end of 2017-18 while on loan from Chelsea, and he remains admired by the fans and his former teammates.

Abraham missed out on the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 squad having fallen out of favour at his club, and he risks missing out on the World Cup if he does not leave this summer.

While Villa would love to have him back, whether they are keen to part with £40m for his services remains to be seen.

He was part of Chelsea’s Champions League winning squad last season but was left out of the matchday squad for the final against Manchester City.

Ollie Watkins was Villa’s first-choice striker last season after arriving from Brentford, and is expected to retain his starting berth heading into 2021-22.

Brazilian striker Wesley Moraes missed the whole season through injury but is back and could be expected to provide competition and cover for the England international.

Abraham is not guaranteed a place in Villa’s starting XI should a move work out, but would fancy his chances of playing regularly and winning the fight for a place in Smith’s first-team plans.

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