By Villa News Speaking to Ty Bracey

14th Jun, 2023 | 7:10pm

Aston Villa to pursue new transfer targets after 'unfortunate' injury to Tammy Abraham - Ty Bracey

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Aston Villa will look for alternative options in the summer transfer window after the serious injury sustained by Roma striker Tammy Abraham, according to Ty Bracey.

The 25-year-old suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury during the final game of the Serie A season, landing awkwardly and being forced off the pitch in the 2-1 victory over Spezia.

Abraham has subsequently had to undergo reconstructive surgery on his left ACL. [Reuters, 7 June]

Both Aston Villa and Everton have been linked with the Englishman’s services this summer [iNews, 11 May], while The Mirror reported that the Italian club would be willing to part ways for a fee of £40million.

The 11-capped England international previously spent a season on loan at Villa Park in the 2018/19 season, which ended in promotion to the Premier League under Dean Smith.

Speaking exclusively to Villa News, Bracey said: “I mean, I think it would have had to have been a big bid to get him over the line anyway.

“It’s unfortunate that he picked up an injury which looks to be really serious, but it was one of those ones which looked more like rumour mill rather than concrete interest.

“I think everyone loves the idea of Abraham returning to Villa Park because he enjoyed his time at the club and played a major part in the promotion from the Championship under Dean Smith.

“It is disappointing for him, and although the links were never solid, I think Villa will go in a different direction this summer anyway.”

Unai Emery is expected to pursue additions to his forward line this summer, with Ollie Watkins, the returning Cameron Archer and Jhon Duran as his current options to lead the line.

With the added burden of the Europa Conference League, the Spaniard is looking to bolster his first-team squad this summer and has reportedly been offered a £200million purse to spend. [The Sun, 11 May]

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