Aston Villa have reportedly emerged as favorites to sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham this summer after West Ham boss David Moyes ruled out a move.
Villa, Wolves, Leicester and Hammers are all in the process of landing England ahead who have struggled for playing time since Thomas Tuchel took the Stamford Bridge reins from Frank Lampard. However, it seems that the hunt is now down to only three.
Moyes admitted that £ 40 million Asking for the 23-year-old is too steep for West Ham. And now Football Insider indicates that Villa has set aside exactly the amount to be brought to Abraham.
The report says Villa are ready to spend big this summer building on their impressive second season back in the top flight.
They are also willing to meet Abrahams sale price. It gives them an advantage over rivals in the hunt for the front man.
Abraham is expected to be one of the most sought after players going into the summer. He has only been in 17 minutes of Chelsea’s last nine Premier League appearances.
Talks on a current extension of his contract, which expires in 2023, have so far failed. As a result, it is likely that the striker will be on the market at the end of the season.
Villa are known for being in the market for new attacking talent, with Dean Smith wanting to add two strikers to his ranks.
One of them is the long-term goal of Dwight McNeil from Burnley. However, the wing will not be cheap after signing a new contract in October last year.
The report adds that if Abraham signs, Ollie Watkins is likely to move out to a broad position.
That could leave Villa with an exciting attacking trio of Watkins, Abraham and McNeil – if they land their top two goals this summer.
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Carragher rules out Grealish for Man Utd
Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher does not believe Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish is a player that Manchester United should target this summer.
United go into the upcoming transfer window that wants to take the next step towards a fixed title challenge. While they appear to be number two in the Premier League this season, this summer will prove crucial. Failure to make the right additions could prove the difference in challenging Manchester City.
As for where the red devils could improve, experts have mentioned several areas that need attention.
Gary Neville believes captain Harry Maguire needs a proper, long-term center-back partner.
However, Roy Keane insisted that he would like to see Villa skipper Jack Grealish join United’s team.
Talking to Sky Sports with his verdict, however, Carragher said that the midfielder – who can also operate widely – would not fit into Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s plans.
“I don’t think he would fit in here at Old Trafford just because of the players they have, not his talent,” said the former Liverpool center-back.
“It simply came to our notice then [Paul] Pogba plays left now, [Bruno] Fernandes, [Marcus] Rashford likes to play on that side.
“I do not think he is a must for Manchester United, I think he has determined the quality.”
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