Aston Villa are ready to fund summer transfer swoops for Chelsea pair Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, according to a report.
After scraping Premier League survival last season, Villa have enjoyed a much stronger campaign this time round. Indeed, they finished 11th in the table, helped by club-record signing Ollie Watkins. As a result, boss Dean Smith has earned the license to spend on new signings to keep pushing his side forward.
What’s more, Villa could look close to home to bolster their squad, with Chelsea‘s squad ripe for the picking.
The West Midland club took Ross Barkley on loan last summer, but according to the Daily Star Sunday, they are now also looking to pinch Abraham and Loftus-Cheek.
Striker Abraham’s Chelsea career took another blow as he failed to make the squad for the Champions League final; he also failed to feature in his side’s FA Cup final ranks.
West Ham have had links amid their search for a striker, but boss David Moyes says that the reported £40million fee will prove too much for his club.
The Daily Star Sunday, though, claims that Villa are planning a £30million bid to test the waters over his availability. Smith knows Abraham well, having worked with him while he was on loan from Chelsea in 2018/19.
Chelsea are willing to let Abraham go, but only at the right price. Loftus-Cheek, meanwhile, enjoyed a solid season on loan at Fulham despite the Cottagers’ relegation.
Unlike Abraham, though, Villa are only looking to make a loan swoop for the midfielder.
Smith’s club have picked up on his unreliable injury record and do not want to risk a permanent deal.
Chelsea have other players they could make money from this summer, including full-back Davide Zappacosta, who reportedly has interest from Inter.
Grealish plans to aid Villa transfer
Elsewhere, reports claim that Villa captain Jack Grealish believes that he can get Abraham to move to the club.
The pair have a solid relationship after the striker’s loan spell in the West Midlands.
Abraham netted 25 goals in 37 games as the Villains won promotion back to the Premier League.