Aston Villa told £40m will be enough to re-sign Tammy Abraham from AS Roma
Aston Villa have been told that it will only take £40million to re-sign Tammy Abraham this summer rather than the initial £67m that was mooted.
A report from iNews (2 March) claimed that Serie A giants Roma were set to demand a huge amount to let Abraham leave the club as Chelsea still hold a buy-back clause that goes active this summer.
But after struggling this season and with his place in the side no longer guaranteed, their asking price has dramatically dropped according to a report from The Mirror (11 May).
Abraham was one of England’s best-performing strikers last season during his first campaign in Italy, scoring 17 goals in Serie A, with four assists and helping the team claim their Europa Conference League trophy.
But this season he has struggled more with Mourinho’s system after the arrival of Paulo Dybala, and has managed just eight goals in 34 appearances, with only 24 of those being starts.
That has led to speculation that the team could cut ties with the 25-year-old, with Aston Villa considered to be the team most interested in bringing him back to the Premier League.
However, this season has seen Ollie Watkins find a new lease of life under Unai Emery and hit a career-high 14 Premier League goals so far this season, with three games still to play.
So would a deal for Abraham be worth it?
If Emery can get Abraham back to his best, then there’s no doubt that £40m would be an absolute steal and he would be a big improvement on Watkins.
Comparing Abraham’s best season at Roma to Watkins’ best season this year, it’s a no-contest.
Abraham has more goals, more shots per game, a better pass success rate and more man-of-the-match awards according to WhoScored. The only metric in which Watkins outshines his international colleague is in assists, where he has six compared to Tammy’s four.
Considering the price has dropped from £67m to £40m in a matter of months, there may not be a better time to jump in and make a move.
Mourinho has previously admitted that he believes Abraham is a “great player with potential to be even greater”. If he can find that level at Villa Park, then it could be the missing ingredient to get us back in Europe.
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