Aston Villa are preparing a bid to bring Tammy Abraham to Villa Park this summer.
That’s according to a report by The Mirror, who claim that Dean Smith’s side are willing to spend £40m on the Chelsea centre-forward.
Abraham has been told he is free to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window as he does not feature in Thomas Tuchel’s long term plans.
The report continues by stating that Smith would like to get his transfer business wrapped up as early as possible this summer, with it also being suggested that the Blues are expecting a Villa bid for the 23-year-old imminently.
Despite falling down the Chelsea attacking pecking order following the arrival of Tuchel in west London earlier this year, Abraham proved in the first half of the Blues’ campaign that he has what it takes to find the back of the net on a regular basis in the top flight of English football.
Indeed, over his 22 Premier League appearances last season, only 12 of which came as starts, the England international scored six goals, registered one assist and created one big chance for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.5 shots and making 0.4 key passes per game.
These returns saw the £82k-per-week striker earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.88, a rating that would have undoubtedly been higher if it were not for a number of late in the game substitutions in the second half of the season.
Interestingly, those six goals saw him only second to the club’s penalty-taker, Jorginho (seven), for goals scored in the Premier League this season.
Furthermore, another reason why the £45m-rated man would seem to fit the bill for Villa is down the to fact that Abraham has played under Smith before, with the forward thriving for Villa during a loan spell at the club back in 2018/19.
That season, the man whom assistant manager John Terry dubbed an “incredible” striker scored a whopping 25 goals, provided three assists and created three big chances over his 37 Championship appearances, seeing the 23-year-old earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.21 – ranking him as Villa’s second-best performer in the second tier of English football.
The England international has also been lauded as a “phenomenal player” by Alex McLeish to Football Insider and once earned lofty comparisons to a Stamford Bridge and English football great in Didier Drogba.
As such, should Johan Lange and Villa go on to get a deal over the line for Abraham this summer, it would very much appear to be a transfer that Smith would absolutely love.
They must look to sanction this move.