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Opinion: Dean Smith unlikely to sign in-form Aston Villa man at the end of his loan spell

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Supporters were delighted to see Tammy Abraham reject Wolverhampton Wanderers to see the season out at Aston Villa, but it’s hard to see the Chelsea loanee turning the move permanent at the end of the campaign. Abraham’s fine form in the Championship will considerably bump up his value and Dean Smith might not have the funds to procure his signature.

Chelsea are likely to play clubs off each other over the summer to get the most out of Abraham if they have no intention of keeping him at the club. The 21-year-old has three-and-a-half years remaining on his deal at Stamford Bridge so they’re not in a rush to sell and can sit on a high asking price for as long as they want.

After two successful seasons in the Championship (23 goals in 41 games for Bristol City in 2016/17, 19 goals in 24 games for Villa in 2018/19), Abraham will be a transfer target for Premier League sides over the summer who may be open to spending a lot of money on a homegrown and in-form centre-forward.

If Villa achieve promotion, they might consider making a move for Abraham with the increased funds the Premier League offers, but he won’t come cheap which hampers their chances of turning his loan permanent at the end of the season.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article

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