Aston Villa ‘confident’ of signing ex-Chelsea man despite Arsenal interest

Unai Emery’s side have big plans this summer

Aston Villa are confident of landing ex-Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham this summer, despite interest from Arsenal, according to reports.

Unai Emery’s high flying Villains suffered a rare defeat at the hands of Manchester United on Sunday, but are well placed to qualify for European football next season nonetheless.

With four games left to play, they currently sit 7th in the Premier League, good enough for a spot in the Europa League next season, though they are behind Tottenham only on goal difference.

As a result, they will be looking to strengthen their side significantly should they be forced into midweek action next season, while increasing question marks over in-form star Ollie Watkins mean that a striker could be needed.

90min claim that Abraham is just that man, with the forward having rebuilt a stuttering career through a move to Roma, where he has become the main man.

The Englishman enjoyed a successful season with Villa while on loan with the club in the Championship, finishing with 25 goals in 37 games before a return to Chelsea, and they claim that Villa are ‘confident’ of luring him back to the midlands.

To do so, however, they will have to break their transfer record, which currently stands at £38m, with Roma ready to demand at least £40m for the 25-year-old, while a move back to the Premier League may help him return to Gareth Southgate’s England squads having missed out on a spot at the World Cup.

There is also thought to be interest from Arsenal, who tried to sign him before he joined Roma in the summer of 2021, and have been keeping tabs on him since as they look to find a more physical option to lead their line.

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Ben Browning

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