Danny Mills has claimed Aston Villa have little chance of signing Tammy Abraham permanently as he is “too good” to be sold by Chelsea.
The Premier League giants’ summer transfer ban means they will be unable to replace any players they offload and that means star 2018-19 loanees being handed major roles next season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Mills delivered his verdict on the future of Abraham, whose 26 goals for Villa this season have propelled them to today’s play-off final against Derby County at Wembley.
“If the transfer ban at Chelsea remains in place, Tammy Abraham is going nowhere,” Mills said. “He’s an outstanding talent and will stay at Chelsea, whether Maurizio Sarri stays or leaves.
“They will need every bit of quality they can get and he is too good to be allowed to join Villa or anywhere else.
“From the player’s point of view, why would you not want to be at Chelsea? They will be playing Champions League football and will be around the top four to six of the Premier League. Why would you sacrifice that?”
As revealed by Football Insider at the start of this month, Villa boss Dean Smith is expected to make a move to sign the in-demand Abraham permanently this summer if they succeed in getting promoted via the play-offs.
The 21-year-old has spearheaded the club’s promotion pursuit with 26 goals from 39 Championship appearances.
He spent the previous two seasons on loan at Swansea City and Bristol City, and has a Chelsea contract that runs until the summer of 2022.
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