Chelsea youngster Tammy Abraham is a wanted man this summer, with reports suggesting that both Brighton and Newcastle United are keen on a loan deal.
It’s no real surprise that interest is high in the 19-year-old given that he bagged 26 goals in 48 appearances during his loan spell with Bristol City last season.
In turn, given he’s unlikely to have a prominent role at Stamford Bridge next season, Antonio Conte could be set to loan him out again with both Brighton and Newcastle keen to bolster their attacking ranks with a short-term deal for the teenager, as reported by The Telegraph.
Both clubs are said to have been given permission to speak to Abraham, but it has been made clear that Chelsea will not sell the promising young talent, and that he forms a part of the long-term plan in west London but there is an openness to let him gain further experience elsewhere, and potentially now in the Premier League too.
In fact, it’s noted that Abraham will be offered a new and improved contract to reward him for his form this past year, and he’ll return to Chelsea next summer with a view of making his breakthrough with the senior squad as there is clearly a long-term vision in place and plenty of faith from Chelsea’s side.
Meanwhile, it’s added in the report that Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also a target for Brighton, and he is also expected to be allowed to leave on a season-long loan deal as Chris Hughton is seemingly eyeing a Chelsea raid in order to ensure that his side avoid the immediate drop back down to the Championship next season.
It’s a real show of faith in Abraham that Chelsea have a long-term vision in place for his career, but it will be up to him to prove that last season wasn’t a one-off and he can deliver goals consistently for another season.