Aston Villa are primed to bring Roma striker Tammy Abraham back to England, according to reports.
What’s the latest on Aston Villa’s interest in Tammy Abraham?
According to Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness), Aston Villa boss Unai Emery has signaled that he wants to bring Tammy Abraham back to the club he spent a successful loan spell at from 2018 to 2019.
The report suggests that the 25-year-old is very open to a return to England, and that Villa are in pole position should Roma decide to part with one of their biggest assets.
The piece adds that Abraham’s transfer value has not changed significantly from the €40m (£35m) AS Roma paid Chelsea for his services in the summer of 2021, with the Italian giants needing to raise capital of around €50-55m (£44m-£48m) of capital to ease their recent financial losses.
That is an amount that would break the Villans’ record transfer, having signed Emi Buendia for £33m.
Why are Villa interested in Tammy Abraham?
Despite only registering six goals in 27 Serie A matches this campaign, the former Chelsea marksman remains an extremely impactful player also adding four league assists.
Abraham enjoyed an excellent first season in Italy, scoring a team-high 27 goals in all competitions including nine in the inaugural UEFA Conference League as Roma won their first major European trophy under manager Jose Mourinho.
In Serie A last season, the former Bristol City man led his side in goal-creating actions (14), touches in the attacking penalty area (173) and was second in the number of aerial duals won (78) – as per FBref.
Respected journalist Henry Winter described the Camberwell-born ace as “magnificent” after scoring the only goal in the semi-final second leg against Leicester City to send his side to the final.
Aston Villa correspondent Ashley Preece has suggested that a new striker to partner Ollie Watkins is at the top of Villa’s shopping list this summer, so Emery could look to play the two Englishmen together next season.
The Spaniard has played with two in attack on a number of occasions since returning after the World Cup break, although he has returned to a 4-2-3-1 system in recent weeks for games against Crystal Palace, West Ham and Bournemouth.
At 6 foot 2, the £93k-per-week star could provide a perfect foil for the faster and more diminutive Watkins, whilst also providing the technical ability and athleticism fans in England have come to know him for.
Abraham knows the Premier League and is clearly ready to return to his homeland. If Villa sporting director Johan Lange can make Villa Park his destination, Emery would have a very exciting strike partnership going into his first full season in charge.