It’s been claimed this week that Aston Villa will face competition from German Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig when it comes to a summer transfer battle for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.
It’s a typical ‘source’ led claim featuring no concrete evidence or even a quote, but we’re long used to that in football when it comes to the speculation rumour mill aren’t we.
Abraham rumours themselves certainly aren’t new and the suggestions the 21-year-old was guaranteed to be off in January to Wolverhampton Wanderers and any other namechecked Premier League side fell flat on their face, and I suspect this rumour will as well.
Anyway, the claim is with doubts about the future of Timo Werner over the summer, Leipzig have placed Abraham on a list of potential replacements for their star striker and the claim is somewhat supported by a suggestion they had scouts in place for our last game against Blackburn Rovers.
I instantly wonder where Leipzig have been for the last few years, as Abraham’s form is hardly new and they wouldn’t have learnt much from our last game that isn’t already clearly known in football circles anyway.
Of course, the main lead here remains those few youngsters, ie Jadon Sancho, who made the switch to Germany for the presumed earlier route through to first team action, but Tammy already has that and having more than proven his goalscoring form in the second tier, he’ll have his eyes on the Premier League.
That gives Villa concerns of their own for any potential deal over the summer, but we can cross that bridge when we come to it.