Leicester City have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham this summer.
What’s the story?
World Cup-winning forward Olivier Giroud has extended his contract at Stamford Bridge for a further 12 months, increasing the chances of Abraham departing over the upcoming transfer window.
Rodgers will be delighted
Leicester narrowly missed out on a place in the top four last season, and Brendan Rodgers will be keen to bolster his squad ahead of a renewed push for Champions League qualification. Although Jamie Vardy still managed a healthy haul of 15 top-flight goals in 2020/21, the 34-year-old showed signs that he’s starting to slow down.
Before the former England international bagged a brace on the final day of the campaign, he had scored just one goal in his previous 13 Premier League appearances.
Vardy’s sudden drop-off in form highlights the need for Rodgers to add extra firepower to Leicester’s squad, especially if he wants to fight on multiple fronts next season.
Qualification for the Europa League will be a welcome addition to the Foxes’ calendar in 2021/22, but the extra games means that quality additions will be required if the FA Cup holders are to continue their progression, and Rodgers may well be delighted at recent events surrounding the Champions League winners.
While Abraham may have been reduced to watching from the stands throughout Tuchel’s reign at Stamford Bridge, the youngster impressed under former boss Frank Lampard, bagging 18 goals in all competitions during the 42-year-old’s only full season in charge of Chelsea.
The Englishman also shone while on loan at Aston Villa in 2018/19, with former team-mate Jack Grealish complimenting his compatriot during a Q&A session on his Instagram.
“Unbelievable. Couldn’t believe how good he was with the ball for how tall he is. Loved playing with him,” the England playmaker about Abraham (as reported by the Chelsea Chronicle).
His arrival at the King Power Stadium would be a real statement of intent from Leicester and Rodgers as the 2016 Premier League champions look to return to Europe’s elite cup competition.