Stories linking Crystal Palace with a January move for Chelsea attacker Tammy Abraham have been everywhere you look over the last 48 hours and now, it sounds as though Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle are ready to rival the Eagles for the 21-year-old’s signature.
Currently on loan at Aston Villa, the Londoner is not thought to be part of Maurizio Sarri’s long-term plans at Stamford Bridge, with the real hope behind the scenes on the Fulham Road centering around drumming up enough interest in him to sell for a decent chunk of money. With that in mind, both Palace and Newcastle serve as ideal suitors for the Camberwell-born frontman, as they look to bolster their attacking options in the New Year sales.
The report attached above suggests that Palace are ready to table a bid of around £10 million to secure the services of Abraham permanently, with Newcastle thought to not be close behind; indeed the article in question references Benitez’s long-term admiration for Tammy, having looked to take him to St James’ Park on loan in the same summer that Swansea City managed to agree a deal for him.
At this moment in time, Abraham is playing happily on loan for Aston Villa and whilst Villains boss Dean Smith has gone on record stating his desire to keep hold of the youngster for the entirety of the 2018-19 season, financial powers may play into the decision making process for Chelsea once January rolls around. The Midlanders’ promotion push is far from a dead cert and if hard cash is put on the table once the transfer window opens, the Blues may well bite the bullet.
Abraham himself is sure to be keen to prove himself at Premier League level after struggling somewhat whilst on Swansea’s books last season and with the likes of Zaha and Townsend alongside him, I’m sure he’d back himself to flourish.
It’s not even Christmas yet and the transfer rumour mill is beginning to churn; as if you’d have expected anything else.