Aston Villa readying huge gamble to sign England international, with record-breaking deal to go through Chelsea

England internationals Jack Grealish, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham

Aston Villa interest in bringing a former star back on board is deemed ‘concrete’, though a transfer that would set a new club record will first have to go through Chelsea, per a report.

Part of Unai Emery’s remit upon taking the reins at Villa Park was to get a tune out of the club’s forwards. With options including Danny Ings, Ollie Watkins, Philippe Coutinho, Leon Bailey and Emiliano Buendia, Aston Villa should not struggle in the final third.

They did labour in front of goal under Steven Gerrard, however, scoring just 11 goals in 13 league matches to begin the campaign.

Emery is expected to be given funds to reshape the squad as he sees fit in 2023. According to Italian outlet Calciomercato, a striker that would set a new club record if signed is on their radar.

Corriere dello Sport detailed Villa’s interest in signing Roma’s Tammy Abraham last week and Calcio provide their take today.

Roma perform U-turn on Tammy Abraham

It’s claimed Abraham, who was once deemed ‘immovable’ in Rome is now ‘expendable’.

His surprising struggles this season are the catalyst behind that apparent change of stance. The 25-year-old has just four goals in 20 appearances in Serie A and Europa League action this term.

That dip also resulted in Abraham being overlooked for selection for Gareth Southgate’s England squad in Qatar. The 11-cap star looked a shoo-in after banging 27 in 53 for Roma last season, though Newcastle’s in-form Callum Wilson got the nod instead.

Abraham has also begun to fall foul of manager Jose Mourinho’s sharp tongue of late and the prior report claimed he’s considering his options given he’s well aware of Premier League interest.

On that front, Man Utd have been linked as well as Aston Villa, though Chelsea will have the first say.

Aston Villa deal must go through Chelsea

The Blues sold Abraham to Roma for £34m and included a buy-back clause that could be activated after two full years in Italy. The current campaign is his second in Rome.

Chelsea can re-sign Abraham for double what they paid, though a £68m fee now seems overpriced given his decline in form.

Calcio add it’s ‘hard to imagine’ Chelsea would activate their option, though report favourably on Villa’s interest.

They state Aston Villa ‘take care of it concretely’. In other words, Emery’s side are a genuine contender to bring Abraham back to England.

Abraham has played for Aston Villa before while on loan during the 2018-19 campaign. His 25 Championship goals helped the club win promotion via the play-offs and Abraham is remembered fondly for his stint.

If he were brought back to Villa Park in 2023, a deal would likely require a new club record.

Villa’s current mark is the £34.5m paid to sign Emiliano Buendia from Norwich City in 2021. While Abraham is unlikely to cost the £68m Chelsea can sign him for, Roma will expect to generate a healthy profit on their £34m outlay.

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