Chelsea are not the only team looking to bring back a former striker at the moment, as Aston Villa have re-emerged as a potential option for Tammy Abraham, who might already not be rated by the Chelsea coaching staff but would certainly be surplus to requirements if Chelsea were to indeed land Romelu Lukaku.
Abraham was a key player for Villa when they won promotion back to the Premier League three seasons ago. He leveraged that loan spell into a first-team spot at Chelsea and has scored more goals than any other Chelsea player in the two years since, but it looks like he’s not going to continue with us for much longer.
Villa solidly midtable last season in 11th, their highest finish since 2011, and have been making solid moves in the transfer window as well, signing Emi Buendía from Norwich City and (one-time Chelsea trialist and oft-linked transfer target) Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen. With Jack Grealish potentially leaving for Manchester City in a nine-figure deal, Villa do have cash to burn and an attack to reshape, and a new striker could be part of that as well — which is where Abraham would come in, according to the Telegraph as well as the Athletic.
Chelsea’s asking price for our 23-year-old truly homegrown striker was said to be £40m, though recent reports have made it sound like we’d accept something a bit less as well. Arsenal have also been linked, but those rumors have not progressed much.