Aston Villa are preparing a ‘big money’ bid for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, the player having found game time hard to come by in recent months.
Having come through the Blues academy, the forward made his debut for the club at the tail end of the 2015/16 season, before going on to join Bristol City on-loan the following season, where he hit an impressive 23 Championship goals.
After that prolific spell at Ashton Gate, the Englishman struggled to adjust to life in the top-flight in a temporary spell at Swansea, before once again setting the second tier alight with Villa, firing in 25 goals in the 2018/19 campaign.
Despite an initial bright start back to life at parent club Chelsea under Frank Lampard, in which he netted 15 Premier League goals in his first full season in the first-team, a loss of form and the arrival of Thomas Tuchel has seen his playing time severely limited, a factor which has also seen him fall down the pecking order at international level.
The 23-year-old did end the most recent campaign as the club’s joint-top scorer with 12 goals across all competitions, yet frequently found himself out of the matchday squad following the change in manager in January and looks destined for a move this summer.
A number of sides have been linked with signing the out-of-favour forward, including West Ham and Crystal Palace, and according to the Mirror, former club Aston Villa are now preparing a ‘big money’ bid to take Abraham back to Villa Park.
The report suggests that Dean Smith’s side are willing to fork out around £40m to prize the England international from Stamford Bridge, the player having fired the club back into the top tier via the Championship playoff final two years ago.
That deal would eclipse the club-record fee of £34.5m recently paid for Norwich City playmaker Emi Buendia, as the club looks to build upon an encouraging second season back in the Premier League.
The deal will likely have no bearing on the potential £100m move for Jack Grealish to Manchester City, with Villa said to have money spend regardless of whether that deal for their talismanic skipper is completed or not.