Tammy Abraham appears to be the player who has suffered the biggest downturn in fortunes since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival, with earlier reports hinting that he remains skeptical of signing a new contract due to the uncertainty over his current and future playing time. The fact that he wasn’t even in the matchday squad yesterday, despite being free from injury, will do little to quell rumors about his future.
According to the Telegraph, a host of Premier League and European sides have already expressed potential interest, should push come to shove, with Abraham’s current contract expiring in 2023 (thus maximizing the upcoming window for potential transfer value). The Blues’ apparent interest in signing Erling Braut Haaland has only added fire to the situation, with those clubs now believing that they have a genuine chance of signing the 23-year-old Academy product, who’s led the club in scoring last season and so far this season as well.
West Ham United, Leicester City, Southampton, Brighton & Hove Albion, and Aston Villa are all mentioned as potential destinations, while bigger clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Juventus, PSG and Borussia Dortmund are also expected to be needing to sign a striker this summer.
Abraham, for his part, is said to want to stay at Chelsea for the rest of his career, but obviously it’s not as simple as that. His performances last year did trigger the one-year extension to 2023 and a wage rise, but that’s not exactly full commitment from either side.
The report notes that no final decisions have been made one way or another, but with Abraham’s current position in the squad becoming clearer with each match and Chelsea constantly being linked with a new centre forward, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Abraham decides to move to greener pastures in the summer.