By Graham Hill
TAMMY Abraham’s future is still undecided – and he could still end up back at Aston Villa next season.
But Dean Smith’s side are likely to find competition from Wolves who tried to sign the England Under-21 striker in January.
The Sunday People say that Chelsea are prepared to let Abraham return to Villa Park.
But it would have to be a permanent deal and it would cost £25 million – a club record fee for Villa.
Villa Roar understands that Abraham will wait to see what opportunities he will get at Stamford Bridge next season.
Manager Maurizio Sarri is set to leave for Juventus and Derby boss Frank Lampard is the hot tip to replace him.
Lampard is keen to promote young players as he showed at Pride Park with Chelsea loanees Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount.
Abraham may think that scenario suits him best – particularly with a two-window transfer ban hanging over the club.
But Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is clearly a fan of Abraham – and he will one looking to sign a target man this summer with a Europa League campaign on the horizon.
Both Villa and Wolves can afford Abraham now. And Villa would also be a strong destination for Abraham. They have no European competition but with wealthy owners backing Smith this summer, the aim is to compete on their return the top flight – not just survive.
And with the persuasive powers of Jack Grealish a key factor, Abaraham could favour a return to play with the Villa skipper again.
Other clubs are likely to show interest in the 26-goal striker, but Abraham would fit right back in at Villa after an impressive season. But as the man himself said after the Wembley win: ‘Never say never”.