Chelsea have made little progress in their talks with Tammy Abraham over a new contract, according to reports.
Abraham has been one of the main protagonists in a new era for Chelsea, leading the line as just one of several academy graduates to be given a chance by Frank Lampard.
He has taken to the task of proving himself in the Premier League with ease, as only Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have scored more league goals than him this season.
With the likes of Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount committing their long-term futures to the club in 2019, Abraham is in line to be the next player to be granted a well-deserved new deal – but talks have stalled due to another renewal Chelsea worked on in the summer.
According to Goal, Abraham wants his new wage package to match that of teenage winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, who signed an eye-watering £180,000-per-week contract in September to fend off interest from Bayern Munich.
Abraham will surely feel he deserves at least equal terms to the 19-year-old, who is yet to score a Premier League goal and has only started six times in all competitions this season.
While there is less urgency with Abraham – who still has two-and-a-half years to run on his contract – it is understood by all parties that he deserves to be given a pay rise due to his explosive start to the season.
Suarez said of Abraham: “There are many excellent young strikers at the moment.
“There are many players that I take an interest in, and watch when I have the chance to.
“The No.9 at Chelsea, Abraham is one that I like. He is a very good forward, with strong finishing skills, and good movement for his age.”