Southampton’s hopes of signing Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham this summer appear to have taken a huge blow after the Blues’ reported asking price for the England international was revealed.
According to the Evening Standard, the Blues are expected to demand around £40m-£45m for the striker this summer, which has already ruled West Ham out of the running.
Southampton were also linked with a move for the 23-year-old ahead of the summer transfer window, but given that Ralph Hasenhuttl has already suggested that the Saints will target players who cost less than £10m, it seems unlikely that they would be willing to shell out four times that amount to bring Abraham to St Mary’s.
The Austrian will surely be frustrated that Southampton will likely be priced out of a deal for the powerful striker this summer, as his goal record suggests that he would have been an excellent addition to his side.
After impressive loan spells at Bristol City and Aston Villa, he was given an opportunity to impress at Chelsea under Frank Lampard and has made 82 senior appearances for the Stamford Bridge outfit, in which he has contributed 30 goals and 12 assists.
His form at Villa, where he hit 26 goals in 40 appearances to help them earn promotion back to the Premier League, earned him the praise of Jack Grealish, who said: “Unbelievable. Couldn’t believe how good he was with the ball for how tall he is. Loved playing with him.”
However, after Lampard was sacked by Chelsea in January and replaced by Thomas Tuchel, Abraham’s playing time has seriously decreased and it seems likely that he will be on the move this summer. Since the German’s arrival, he has played a full 90 minutes just once and has regularly been left out of important fixtures in the FA Cup and Champions League.
Although he is currently valued at £36m by Transfermarkt and has two years left on his current deal, Hasenhuttl will surely be fuming that Chelsea are demanding so much for someone who clearly isn’t a regular in their first team. Abraham could’ve been an excellent addition at St Mary’s this summer, but he now looks to be well out of their price range.