Aston Villa are ahead of Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the race to sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham this summer, reports Football Insider.
Villans have had an impressive 2020/21 campaign where they have been out of relegation, but they will still be disappointed with their recent form.
The Midlands outfit was right in the European mix earlier in the campaign, but they are now eight points from the last European place in the seventh.
The club’s owners have shown ambition with summer spending and they are likely to back manager Dean Smith with more funds later in the year.
Abraham has been identified as the top attacking target for Villans and they are considered favorites to sign him in front of the foxes and wolves.
The Blues reportedly value their candidate for around £ 40 million and the Villans have reportedly set aside the sum to land the England international.
Abraham has had a tough few months with the Blues, where he has struggled for playing time under manager Thomas Tuchel.
He has only played two appearances over the last eight weeks, but both have been off the bench and have only been 17 minutes in total.
Not surprisingly, he is reluctant to renew his contract after June 2023, and a summer departure appears on the cards.
Abraham played a key role for the Villans in their 2018/19 promotion-winning campaign, recording 26 goals from 40 championship appearances.
The club could not sign him again at the time, but they have a good chance of appreciating him away from the West London giants this summer.
Ollie Watkins has been the undisputed striker choice since arriving from Brentford last summer, but he is also effective out there.
If Abraham joins the club, Smith could move Watkins to the left wing or consider playing with a 4-4-2 formation so the duo start ahead.
Abraham’s arrival may lead to doubts about Wesley’s future, who has just returned from several long-term knee injuries.
The 23-year-old has conceded 12 goals and six assists from 32 appearances for the Blues this season. He is still their top scorer for the season.
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