Tammy Abraham, who’s fallen out of favor completely at Chelsea since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival, could be set for a reunion with former manager Dean Smith if the Mirror’s story that Aston Villa are “ready to spend” big is true.
The report claims that Villa are still just “preparing” this mega bid of “up to £40m”, but that Chelsea are also “expecting” it “imminently”. Of course, nothing ever happens imminently except on Deadline Day. The £40m would match our supposed asking price for the 23-year-old striker.
Abraham had perhaps the best season of his young and prolific career under Smith when on loan at Villa a couple years ago (26 goals in 40 appearances in all competitions), and presumably both parties would be more than happy to rekindle that relationship, which was instrumental in their promotion to the Premier League in the first place.
Ambitious Villa have already spent big this window, acquiring Emiliano Buendía from Norwich City for over £30m, but they may not be done yet — especially if they end up losing Jack Grealish, rated in the region of a cool £100m.