On loan Aston Villa striker Tammy Abraham is set to prioritise a return to parent club Chelsea next season, it has been reported.
Abraham has been in outstanding form for Villa this season, scoring 26 goals during a season long loan and converting the decisive penalty in 4-3 shootout win over West Brom on Wednesday night to secure their place in the Championship play-off final.
It has been reported that Villa had been set to offer Chelsea £25million for Abraham in the summer, but that move may now have hit a stumbling block.
According to The Evening Standard, Abraham wants to prioritise a return to Chelsea and compete for a place in The Blues’ starting lineup, something which he may get the chance to do.
The same report claims that Abraham, along with Kurt Zouma and Ola Aina – who have been on loan with Everton and Serie A side Torino respectively – are three loan players Chelsea will consider for their first team next season.
Abraham has made just three senior appearances for Chelsea, but did score five goals in 31 league appearances on loan at Swansea as the Welsh side suffered relegation from the Premier League last season.
This will be a big blow for Aston Villa.
Abraham has been Villa’s most reliable finisher this season, and they will surely want to keep his attacking threat next season, though that will first depend on Villa securing promotion to the Premier League.
Given Abraham’s record at Swansea last season, this may also seem like a risk for Chelsea, but with their impending transfer ban, this may be a risk they have to take.