Robinson: Aston Villa 'likely' to sign Abraham after what I saw at Villa Park

Tammy Abraham will “definitely” leave Chelsea this summer and Aston Villa are in pole position to re-sign him.

That is the view of former Spurs and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 23-year-old’s future at Stamford Bridge.

Abraham was left out of the Chelsea squad who were beaten by the Claret and Blues on the final day of the season.

His omission did not stop Villa fans from paying their respects to their former loan star as Abraham’s name echoed around Villa Park in the second half.

As revealed by Football Insider, Dean Smith’s side are the favourites to sign the English striker in the upcoming transfer window with £40million set aside to seal his signature.

Robinson believes Abraham’s relationship with the Villa faithful make the West Midlands club his “most likely destination”.

“Abraham is definitely leaving,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs. “100 per cent.

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“I think that has been abundantly clear since he was left out of the FA Cup final squad. You do not leave your top goalscorer out of a big match like that unless he is not part of your plans.

“Let’s be honest, the writing is on the wall. He is going to leave.

“I think Aston Villa is probably his most likely destination. Abraham has a great relationship with the fans at Villa and you could see that on Sunday.

“Ollie Watkins has done so well this year but Dean Smith could alter the system to fit them both in.

“Villa will be one of two or three options he will have. He is a top young striker who is proven in the Premier League. There is not many of them around.”

In other news, Aston Villa open preliminary talks to sign one of the Championship’s standout performers last season.