Tammy Abraham is free to leave Chelsea in the summer, according to the Telegraph, but where could the striker go to resurrect his England career? Let’s take a look.
The Telegraph reports that, given the fact Abraham has more than two years remaining on his contract, Chelsea want £40 million for their home-grown striker.
Thomas Tuchel is reportedly keen on a superstar hitman such as Romelu Lukaku and Erling Haaland rather than the Englishman.
Abraham has only started two Premier League games since Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard. On both occasions he was subbed-off at half-time.
But where could Abraham end up at the start of next season? We take a look at four potential options.
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West Ham United
The Telegraph report claims West Ham are among the clubs tracking Abraham – and that makes a great deal of sense.
The Hammers only have Michail Antonio as a recognised striker having sold Sebastien Haller in January without replacing him.
Antonio’s fitness can’t be relied on for a full season, especially with the prospect of European football in 2021/22.
David Moyes’ side would offer Abraham the chance to remain in London and still be in next season’s Champions League.
Qualifying for Europe, plus the money from Haller’s sale, would boost West Ham’s budget to the extent they could match the asking price, although it would be a club record fee.
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Leicester City are the other club named in the report as taking an active interest in Abraham.
Brendan Rodgers’ striking situation is an interesting one.
Kelechi Iheanacho is on fire right now but Leicester still need a long-term replacement for Jamie Vardy.
Could the Nigerian take over Vardy’s mantle and form a deadly strike force with Abraham?
Vardy isn’t in the greatest form but shows no signs of slowing in terms of fitness. He will surely leave the King Power Stadium on his own terms.
Would Abraham want to come in and be part of a three-man battle for only two striker spots in Rodgers’ starting XI? Perhaps not, although the prospect of Champions League football will appeal.
Chelsea and Leicester are going head to head for a spot in the top four and also face each other in the FA Cup final next month.
The outcome of those battles may dictate how appealing a move to Leicester is come the summer.
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Abraham was on loan at Aston Villa when they won promotion to the Premier League.
Signing him permanently would have been massively popular among Villa fans but Frank Lampard decided to keep Abraham at Stamford Bridge.
Could Villa belatedly get their man? They have since spent big money on two strikers – Wesley and Ollie Watkins.
Wesley has been out injured for more than a year – so would Dean Smith take the chance to offload him this summer and swoop for Abraham?
Perhaps Villa would only turn to Abraham if Watkins was picked off in the summer, replacing one England international with another?
Having both would be mouth-watering for Smith and give him the variety in attack he hasn’t had this season.
Like Villa, Everton have their own striking talisman and England international – Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
But behind him, the cupboard is bare.
Moise Kean is shining for Paris Saint-Germain and selling the Italian in the next transfer window would raise funds for Abraham.
Josh King was brought in from Bournemouth in January as back-up to Calvert-Lewin but has yet to start a game. Cenk Tosun, meanwhile, is surely on his way out of Goodison?
The problem Abraham has is, wherever he goes, he’ll find it tough to dislodge his countrymen Antonio, Vardy, Watkins or Calvert-Lewin.
West Ham probably represent his best chance of starts, given Antonio’s fitness record and the Hammers’ need to bolster their thin squad for European football.
There isn’t one stand-out suitor who you’d bet on splashing the cash on Abraham and making him their guaranteed number nine.
That makes it an intriguing summer for Abraham as he comes to terms with not being wanted at Stamford Bridge.